Active learning can take many forms. To simplify defining it, think about active learning as the opposite of passive learning. There are many ways you can include active learning in your courses, 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 facultyl. Jamrich Hall, which opened in 2015, has classroom designs optimized to facilitate active learning, including lecture halls with large tiers (pictured at right), flexible classrooms with moveable furniture, and rooms with additional technology for student activities.
The CTL can help you with active learning teaching techniques that are a good fit for your courses.