Active learning can take many forms, but they all rely on the intentional engagement of students. Extensive research has shown that student-centered active learning techniques result in improved student understanding and improved student retention in the general student population and in underrepresented minorities.
Active learning has received significant focus at NMU over the past several years, including a major grant project that focused on increasing the adoption of technology-enhanced active learning by STEM faculty. Jamrich Hall, which opened in 2015, has classroom designs optimized to facilitate active learning, including flexible classrooms with moveable furniture, rooms with additional technology for student activities, and lecture halls with large tiers (pictured at right).
The CTL can help you discover and use active learning teaching techniques that are a good fit for your courses.