Active learning is an instructional approach that focuses on engaging students with discussion, problem solving, case studies, and more. Many approaches to active learning are centered on student collaboration and reflection. They can be implemented using short activities with pairs of students or longer-term, group-oriented activities. Utilizing an active learning pedagogy in your course can lead to better critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills that can be valuable in and outside the classroom.
Engage Students in Course Concepts & Discussion
Explore peer-tested strategies you can use to engage your students in your course material including facilitating collaboration, discussion and improving your course content to include more engaging formats.
Schedule Group Work
Assign work for your students to complete in groups within WebAssign. Any student in the group can submit responses for the entire group, and the score for the assignment is the same for all group members. Consider assigning group work for lab reports, or to foster collaboration, discussion and problem-solving skills.
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Create Discussion Boards & Forums
You can create a forum to improve communication between you and your students. Forums provide an easy way for students to answer one another’s questions and help the class stay informed by reading and responding to other’s posts. You have flexibility to create multiple forums for each class, or share forums across various class sections.
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Use Polling Questions
Create Multi-Mode Questions
You can create a multi-mode question to add extra steps to a single question — for example, multiple-choice and essay. Multi-mode questions provide extra levels of interaction to a question, making it more engaging for students.
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Active Learning Best Practices
Uncover peer best practices to help you apply active learning in your courses from Mathematics Instructor at Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
How to Engage Students and Keep Them on Track
Active learning requires student engagement. Explore these six tips to engage your students and keep them on track with your course topics.
Deliver Group Work to Students in WebAssign
Empower students to collaborate, study or review course topics by organizing study groups for your online course.
Peer Tips for Using the WebAssign Discussion Board
Cengage Faculty Partner Scott Crawford shares how he uses the WebAssign Discussion Board successfully to promote learning.