Keeping Students Engaged in Class


In this workshop, we will briefly consider a number of active learning structures that may be implemented to keep class periods more varied and engaging for students. Live examples of some of these methods will be performed. Suggestions and general guidelines for these activities will also be shared. Topics include in-class teams, peer questions, minute papers, and thinking aloud problem-solving.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • take part in some easy-to-implement active learning activities.
  • identify the use of technology in active learning (for example, how clickers may be used).
  • apply ideas rooted in active learning in the classroom.
  • know of further resources for engaging students in the classroom.

What to Bring:



Problem Solving and Active Learning (PDF)

Powerpoint slides (ND only)

Handout prepared by Joshua Enzer (ND only)

In the Library:

Johnson, D.W., Johnson, R.T., and Smith, K.A. Active Learning:
Cooperation in the College Classroom. Edina, MN: Interaction Book Co., 1998.

Online Resources:


Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates:

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