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Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms

Seminar Description

Active Learning Classrooms are spaces designed to support teaching and learning in an atmosphere conducive to engaging students actively in their own learning. Teaching in these spaces, however, may be different than teaching in a traditional classroom. Participants in this three-part seminar will leave the sessions with several ideas to effectively teach in McMaster’s Active Learning Classrooms and will have practiced teaching in an active learning approach that fits one’s discipline.

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Upcoming Dates

Offering #1

1: Thurs, Aug 23, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
2: Thurs, Aug 30, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
3: Thurs, Oct 4, 2018; 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Offering #2

1: Thurs, Nov 29, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
2: Thurs, Dec 6, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
3: Thurs, Jan 17, 2019; 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Define Active Learning and discuss examples that you can apply to your own course;
  2. Discover McMaster’s Active Learning Classrooms;
  3. Begin to experience the technology associated with active learning classrooms;
  4. Practice active teaching and receive feedback;
  5. Share experiences with peers.



McGill University’s Teaching and Learning Experiences in Active Learning Classrooms (website)

This website highlights how different instructors from different disciplines have used features of ALCs to engage students and promote active learning, while also providing links to more ALC-based videos and resources to general Active Learning strategies.

Book on teaching in the active learning classroom. Available at Mills Library, McMaster University

A guide to teaching in the active learning classroom: history, research, and practice.  / Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, Kem Saichaie, and Christina Petersen; foreword by Bradley A. Cohen

Call #: LB 1027.23.B34 2016

McMaster University’s Active Learning Classrooms

Specific to Faculty of Social Sciences, yet still applicable across disciplines.  This website includes: advice from McMaster instructors on using ALCs, practical considerations, resources.

University of Minnesota’s Teaching in an Active Learning Classroom (website)

From the University of Minnesota’s Center for Educational Innovation, this website includes topics such as addressing challenges (room issues, noise and distractions, group work, student engagement, technology), course planning, and provides research and resources.

Interactive Techniques (Document)

A list of over 150 different active learning strategies that have been compiled from a number of different sources.