Active Learning Discussion Circle

The Active Learning Discussion Circle was formed as a result of the demand for flexible teaching spaces recognized across the university by the Registrar's Office, the Classroom Strategic Planning Workgroup, and the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning.  The purpose of this discussion circle is to share pedagogical strategies and ideas for incorporating the active learning instructional model to support student learning.   

Running agenda for meetings 2017 

Executive Report on Active Learning: 


This report was written by members of the Classroom Strategic Planning Workgroup in hopes of securing funding for a technology rich active learning classroom and an active learning symposium.  Both requests were approved by the Provost's Office in the summer of 2015.  As a result:

  1. The technology rich active learning classroom will be available through the registrar's office in Fall 2016 in the newly renovated College of Education Building.  
  2. The Active Learning Symposium will take place in the Idaho Commons on Monday, April 25, 2016 - more details to follow


Active Learning Improves Student Performance

Is active learning worth the extra effort? Recent research supports the efficacy of active learning methods:

  • Enough With the Lecturing” - The largest and most comprehensive analysis ever published of studies comparing lecturing to active learning in undergraduate education, found a difference of 55 percent higher failure rate for non-active learning STEM courses. - National Science Foundation article, May 12, 2014.
  • Avoid Passive Learning” – Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburg LearnLab’s well-supported summary on techniques that support the effectiveness of active learning methods.
  • Flipped Learning in Higher Education” – 3 examples with effectiveness data from UW Seattle, UBC Vancouver, and UM Ann Arbor.
  • Flipped Learning – Effects on Student Achievement” – University of Northern Iowa


Active Learning Pedagogy

Presentations to Promote Active Learning





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