Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice

Wednesday, February 15 | 9:30AM–10:15AM | Houston Ballroom VII
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Active learning classrooms (ALCs) have captured the interest of instructors and institutions throughout the world. Inspired by the desire to improve student learning outcomes, guided by rigorously executed research, and based on pedagogically sound practices, ALCs are disrupting the normal landscape of the traditional college and university classroom. The proliferation of ALCs requires that faculty and students alike shift their expectations of and approaches to learning and teaching. Having examined the evidence for and considered the challenges created by these spaces, we will offer some practical advice for those willing to push themselves and their students to become active teachers and learners.

Outcomes: Identify relevant research that demonstrates the efficacy of ALCs *Address common challenges associated with teaching in ALCs *Foster a community of practice using ALCs as an anchor for broader discussions about active learning


  • D. Christopher Brooks

    Senior Analyst, The Tambellini Group
  • Kem Saichaie

    Director of Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in the Office of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Davis

Resources & Downloads

  • Teaching in Active Learning Classroom_slides

    4 MB, pdf - Updated on 1/22/2024