Active learning is the process of doing or practicing what is being taught during a class or instructional session. Structuring hands-on activities that are tied to your learning outcomes helps to promote student engagement and retention of the material. These activities help to break up lecture time; encourage the integration of new material with prior knowledge; and activate higher-level and critical thinking skills. For the teacher, seeing how students engage with the material can provide real-time feedback on how the class is progressing and what areas may need further explanation.
Here are a few simple active learning exercises to try in your classes.
This infographic from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is a great resource to share and prompt discussions about evaluating sources, media literacy, and fake news.
This infographic highlighting the costs of journal subscriptions can inform discussions about Open Access and Open Educational Resources.
A fun video to help talk about a serious subject.
A short and helpful video explaining library databases.
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