Students working together with cards on table
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Active and Problem Based Learning Overview

Active learning is “anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (Bonwell & Eison, 1991, p. 2). Active and problem based learning involves and engages students with the resources and activities by requiring them to do things and to collaborate, instead of just sitting and listening or watching.

Strategies

Think/Pair/Share

Students share and compare possible answers to a question with a partner before addressing the larger class.

Pick the Winner

Divide the class into groups and have all groups work on the same problem and record an answer/strategy on paper. Then, ask groups to switch with a nearby group, and evaluate

Their answer. After a few minutes, allow each set of groups to merge and ask them to select the better answer from the two choices, which will be presented to the class as a whole.

TV Commercial

In groups, students create a 30-second TV commercial for the subject currently being discussed in class.

101 Tips for Active Learning

A listing of classroom activities by category such as instructor lead or student lead, small group, individual, and class. Each activity is described and an example is given

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research