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PD Playlist: Active Learning

Are you interested in learning more about active learning? Perhaps you want to refresh your course on your NID (Non-Instructional Duty) or introduce more active learning into your summer offering? If so, TCDC has compiled another “PD Playlist.”  

We’ve arranged the resources from “sound bite” to “radio play” to “extended dance mix” and “full LP.” Some options will take just a few minutes of your time while others will require a longer commitment.   

Visit the TCDC site, to view the entire catalogue of PD Playlists. 

April PD Playlist

Sound Bites <10 minutes  

Teaching: Worried About Cutting Content? This Study Suggests It’s OK   (article | 00:05:00) 

Insights from a new study on the longer-term effects of active learning 

What is active learning? The benefits (and challenges). Part 1 (article | 00:05:00) 

An overview of active learning; what it is and the benefits and challenges of implementing it in the classroom. 

What is active learning? The benefits (and challenges). Part 2 (article | 00:05:00) 

Tips on how to implement active learning strategies in the classroom and set expectations with students. 

Radio Play<20 minutes   

Ditching the lecture for active learning (podcast | 00:18:25) 

This 2019 podcast from Educate, looks at the growing movement at colleges and universities in the U.S. to create classrooms where students take the lead.  

Extended Dance Mix <60 minutes 

Active Learning (self-paced course| 01:00:00 or more depending on engagement with activities)
Active Learning Module from Queen’s University Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 

Full LP >1 hour  

Active Learning Library (resource | 01:00:00 or more depending on engagement with resources) 

This free online resource lets instructors browse over 40 different learning activities and filter them according to their own goals and interests. For example, you can search for activities that offer formative feedback, support small group engagement, build metacognitive skills, work well in online classes, or don’t take too long to prepare. 


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