Allow time for students to reflect (self-reflection, peer/group reflection) on what they have experienced or learned during class.
Prior to the start of the quarter, go to your classroom and familiarize yourself with the technology and layout of the room.
Be clear, open, and transparent with your students about why you are using active learning format. Allow them to understand and be part of the teaching and learning process with you. Be clear of the benefits and advantages of a learner-centered approach and how your curriculum aligns to the activities.
A single active learning activity can take as long as a week to complete, including time for preparation, in-class work and discussions, and personal and group reflections.
Students may be unwilling to engage in active learning activities due to the fact that much of their learning experiences in the past derive from passive learning. Also, many of these students might have never experienced an active learning environment, making them more hesitant or shy when asked to engage in active learning activities.
Example Lesson Plans
Narrowing a Topic
Interpreting a Citation
Active Learning: Underlying Theory and Best Practices in Medical Education