Active Learning

What is Active Learning? 

Active learning is when learners take an active role in their learning. Instead of passively receiving and memorizing information, active learning asks learners to explore, discover, process, apply, and evaluate. The instructor acts as a guide or facilitator who creates learning opportunities and then helps students find, assess and use what they learn. 

The Benefits of Active Learning 

Active learning helps students learn more and retain it longer by creating engaging learning environments where students can apply their learning in practical situations. Current research shows that learning is most effective when learners are actively and constructively engaged in creating their knowledge. 

How to Create Active Learning Classrooms 

You don’t need to change everything immediately. You can book a consultation.

  1. Review your course, looking for work that students can do individually. (For example, you can record your lectures for students to review on their own time; Or, assign work students will do to prepare for in-class activities – like create a first draft then receive feedback from peers in class.) 
  1. Think of ways for students to practice what they’re learning. For example, they could work in a team to draft a short summary of an assigned reading, or to solve practice problems. 


Michelene TH Chi and Ruth Wylie, “The ICAP framework: Linking cognitive engagement to active learning outcomes,” Educational psychologist 49, no. 4 (2014): 219-243.

Yale University, “How Students Learn,” The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, accessed September 7, 2021,