Active Learning

Instructional techniques used to increase student engagement through activities that promote higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Interactive Lecture: Small Changes for Improved Engagement and Learning

Educational research has shown that students retain more course content when active learning techniques are correctly implemented in college courses.

Director's Update: August 2020

As Nebraska’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program celebrates the end of its summer session with a virtual showcase of student projects

Designing Your Course: Showcasing the CAS Flexible Course Models

7-27-20 Faculty visualized strategies to design courses and meet the demands of the fall 2020 semester.

Student participation is in the cards

An ingenious, low-tech approach to supporting verbal participation in large classes, Aaron Bronfman uses a card-based system to track participation.

Small Teaching Strategies

Small teaching strategies are little things that can have a big impact. University faculty present a variety of techniques they use in 5-minute speed sessions.

From lecture to active learning

Chad Brassil went from eight hours of class prep to recipient of the College Distinguished Teaching Award

Redesigning for large enrollment

Faced with an enrollment jumped from 30 to 95, Martha Mamo launched a redesign of her course.

HORT 212 Plant Mapping Project

Groups of students captured the coordinates of their designated plants and a tool called AwesomeTable was used to make this searchable plant database.

Active learning strategies in Mathematics

The university mathematics department has been working to radically redesign its first-year mathematics courses. Current efforts have yielded an 80% success rate.

Subbiah increases student engagement

Jeyam Subbiah increases student engagement with flipped course design, active learning strategies, and screen capture technology.

Active Learning

Information and techniques to include students in the learning process and increase students' attention and retention. (Knute Broady Collection)

Active Learning Techniques

Active Learning exists in three spheres: individual, group, or combination engagement.

Individual Activity Ideas

Get ideas for individual activities such as one-minute essays or using the muddiest point technique

Group Activity Ideas

Get ideas for how to get group activities started off

Additional Materials

TEDx Talks can be an excellent way to see how others make use of active learning techniques. 

Fresh Voices on Active Learning

The Fresh Voices sections of the Knute Broady Collection aim to highlight recent publications and the work of emerging scholars

Active Learning Online: Post-lecture Quizzes

Use quizzes to bust the fluency illusion and give timely feedback.

Active Learning Online: Effective online communication - Muddiest Point

Use the "muddiest point" technique to gain insight to your students' learning and provide targeted instruction.

Active Learning Online: Peer Instruction using Group Exams

Use peer instruction to squeeze extra learning out of your exam by making students take it twice. Once on their own (90%), then again with a team (10%).

Active Learning Online: Leveraging Zoom Breakout Rooms for Peer Instruction

Think-Pair-Share is an active learning strategy providing students time and structure for thinking about a particular topic.