Active Learning

Active Learning

Active learning is a method of teaching in which the instructor designs and facilitates learning to allow students to take the lead.  It moves the focus away from the instructor and more fully onto the student. Review the ASU Teach Online “How Does Active Learning Support Student Success?” article.

ASU Sync/In-Person

To engage your students in active learning activities, we recommend that you require your in-person and remote students to engage in the learning together. To make this more effective, consider the following elements.

  • In-person students will need to bring a laptop, mobile device, or smartphone with them to class.

  • Students in the in-person classroom will partner up with students in the Zoom space.

  • Everyone will log into Zoom and enter the Breakout rooms (see the UTO Use Breakout Rooms video).

  • If the classroom is close to the ground floor, consider allowing small groups to work outside and return after a set amount of time. This will allow for more social distancing.

  • Ask each group to choose someone to share with the whole group. Make clear to the class that remote learners are expected to take part in this aspect as well.

  • Provide time at the beginning or end of class for students to discuss “a muddiest point.” This could be something they are still confused about, or it could be concerns they might have with the course structure. Give them time to share their concerns and be heard.

ASU Sync Only

Review the Active Learning Strategies for Remote Teaching guide for a list of suggested activities.

  • Many of the activities will involve the use of Zoom Breakout rooms (see the UTO Use Breakout Rooms video).

  • Practice managing breakout rooms (see Zoom tutorial video).

  • Most of the time, breakout rooms can be assigned while you are teaching, but for some activities you might want to have them created beforehand.

    • Creating and deploying pre-assigned breakout rooms (see UTO tutorial video).

    • Using a .csv file to create pre-assigned breakout rooms (see UTO tutorial video).

  • Review the Zoom Breakout Room Activities document for some creative ways of using breakout rooms.

If you want students to be able to record the work they do in small groups, consider having them use their own Zoom accounts for small group work (see the Recorded Role-Play Activity instruction guide) or Screencast-O-Matic.


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