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Active Learning Resources: Key Themes

A Guide for Student-Centered Learning in the Classroom

Flipped Classrooms


“Instructional Strategies: Flipped Classroom.” The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Innovation Center. Accessed February 26, 2019.

“Flip Learning.” Flipped Learning Network. Accessed February 26, 2019.

“Flipped Classroom.” Edutopia: George Lucas Educational Foundation. Accessed February 26, 2019.

“Flipped Classroom.” Teachthought. Accessed February 26, 2019.


Hessler, Karen. Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets Technology. Burlington, Massachusetts, Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2017.

Reidsema, Carl, Lydia Kavanagh, Roger Hadgraft, and Neville Smith, editors. The Flipped Classroom: Practice and Practices in Higher Education. Singapore: Springer, 2017.

Connecting with Students

Google Slides:

Karen Costa, “Trauma Aware Online Teaching,” OLC Ideate Google Slides presentation; April 2020;


Harriet L. Schwartz, Connected Teaching; Stylus: 2019


Active Learning Resources for Online Courses



HyFlex Course Design



Google Doc(s):



Facilitating Engaging Discussions

Why Do This?

Scott Freeman, Sarah L. Eddy, Miles McDonough, Michelle K. Smith, Nnadozie Okoroafor, Hannah Jordt, and Mary Pat Wenderoth. “Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics.” PNAS 111.23 (2014), 8410-8415.

Kelly A. Rocca. “Student Participation in the College Classroom: An Extended Multidisciplinary Literature Review.” Communication Education Vol. 59, issue 2 (2010), 185-215.

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. Make it Stick (Belknap, 2014).

Norm Friesen. “A Brief History of the Lecture: A Multimedia Analysis.” MedienPädagogik: Zeitschrift für Theorie Und Praxis Der Medienbildung 24 (2014), 136-53.

David Gooblar. “Is it Ever Okay to Lecture?” Chronicle of Higher Education (January 15, 2019).

How to Do This?

Jay Howard. “How to Hold a Better Discussion.” Chronicle of Higher Education Advice Guide (May 23, 2019).

James M. Lang. “Small Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class.” Chronicle of Higher Education (January 11, 2016).

----- “Small Teaching: The Last 5 Minutes of Class.” Chronicle of Higher Education (March 7, 2016).

Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire H. Major. Interactive Lecturing: A Handbook for College Faculty. (Jossey-Bass, 2018).

What Makes it Hard to Do This?

Brene Brown. Daring Greatly (Avery, 2015).

Viji Sathy and Kelly A. Hogan. “How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive.” Chronicle of Higher Education Advice Guide (July 19, 2019).

Noliwe M. Rooks. “Knowing When to Teach Current Events.” Chronicle of Higher Education (September 22, 2014).

Learner-Centered Themes


"Faculty Focus." Magna Publications. Accessed September 28, 2020.



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