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Engaging Students in Their Learning

The term "active learning" has been ballyhooed for some time now in higher education. It is often used as an umbrella term for a vast range of activities and techniques that endeavor to get students to do more in the classroom than just take notes, and to do more outside of the classroom than just memorize their notes. This workshop is designed to provide participants with a research-based rationale for why active learning works, an introduction to a wide range of techniques that are suitable to various contexts, and a better understanding of how to select active learning techniques based on one's learning outcomes.


At the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Explain how active learning contributes to student learning
  • Identify a range of techniques that are suitable to various teaching contexts
  • Identify a range of techniques that are suitable to various learning outcomes
  • Develop an active learning technique that is grounded in one’s own course


This workshop is not currently being offered.  The CTE will be happy to consult with individuals or small groups who wish to explore these tools further.  For more information, contact the CTE (8-4470 or cte@vcu.edu).

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