active-learningActive Learning

The process of having students engage in some activity that forces them to reflect upon ideas and how they are using those ideas … The process of keeping students mentally, and often physically, active in their learning through activities that involve them in gathering information, thinking, and problem solving. — The Greenwood Dictionary of Education



Farman, J. (2013, October 3). A Manifesto for Active Learning. The Chronicle for Higher Education. Retrieved from

Farman’s reflections on the positive impact of active learning in the classroom. He shares his experience in helping students learn how to learn and foster critical thinking by incorporating active teaching and learning strategies and useful classroom technology.

Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(23), 8410-8415. Retrieved from

The results are in. An analysis of 225 studies of student performance in STEM classes using traditional versus active learning methods reveals that active learning significantly improves student performance. Traditional lecture-based classes have an increased failure rate of 55% over active learning-based classes.