Cleveland State University

The Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Tips - In the Trenches

Use Active Learning To Enhance Your Class

"Tell me and I'll listen. Show me and I'll understand. Involve me and I'll learn."

Active Learning changes the student from a passive recipient of information to a full participant in learning the material you think most important.

Why Use Active Learning?

Research shows that active learning is the equal of lectures in helping students master content and is superior in developing students' thinking and writing skills. It also finds students prefer active-learning strategies.

Does Active Learning Mean Never Lecturing Again?

Not at all. But you may chose to modify your approach to lecturing.

Start Slowly.

Modify Your Lecture By:

  • Pausing to enhance retention and comprehension because it focuses on clarifying and assimilating the information.
  • Use frequent tests and quizzes -- some ungraded. They help students retain almost twice as much information.
  • Use demonstrations to stimulate curiosity and improve understanding of difficult material.
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