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Active and Collaborative Learning Strategies

These resources range from handbooks on facilitating group work, to writing-to-learn activities, to video capsules on addressing active learning challenges and student resistance.

  1. Active/cooperative learning web sites - links, papers and other resources on active/cooperative learning: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Student-Centered.html#Websites.
  2. Active Learning Links to a number of resources on Active Learning and Group and Collaborative Learning - New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry: http://libraries.rbhs.rutgers.edu/rwjlbweb/meg/cte/active_learning/active_learning.html.
  3. Active learning: 101 strategies to teach any subject - This book offers an introduction to active learning by sharing many strategy how-to's, from fishbowls to learning contracts to poster sessions to guided note-taking. It effectively compiles advice in "top 10" lists that respond to many of the questions instructors may have as they begin incorporating these strategies in their courses. McGill Library: http://catalogue.mcgill.ca/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=catalogue&request=001518730.
  4. Collaborative learning techniques - This handbook provides detailed recommendations and rationales related to facilitating group work at the university level. Barkley, E.F., Cross, K.P., and Major, C.H. (2005). Collaborative Learning Techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons. McGill Library: http://catalogue.mcgill.ca/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=catalogue&request=002876880.
  5. Cooperative Learning in Technical Courses - R. Felder and R. Brent. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Coopreport.html.
  6. Creating involvement in the classroom - LaSere Erickson, B., Peters, C. B.,  & Weltner Strommer, D. (2006). Addresses the varied instructional purposes of approaches such as small-group discussions (from review to warm-up to promoting understanding and applying ideas in new contexts, for example), writing-to-learn activities, case studies and role playing, and how they can occur even in large first-year classes.In Teaching First-Year College Students (pp. 103-118). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/mcgill/docDetail.action?docID=10356544.
  7. Scenes from a classroom: Making active learning work - This website provides a number of video capsules that illustrate issues that may occur when implementing active learning, including student complaints, the time-consuming nature of the activities, group work issues and more. It addresses each concern, with suggestions for how to approach these issues in the classroom and ensure that students understand why active learning is being used. University of Minnesota, 2008. http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/active/index.html.
  8. Student engagement techniques - A detailed compendium of different strategies for engaging students in a variety of university-level courses. Barkley, E. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. Hoboken, New Jersey: Jossey-Bass. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/mcgill/docDetail.action?docID=10351921.
  9. Student-Centered Instruction - "Navigating the Bumpy Road to Student-Centered Instruction"; Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Resist.html.
  10. Team Learning - “Turning student groups into effective teams”; Oakley, B., Felder, R., Brent, R., Elhajj, I. (2004). New Forums Press. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Oakley-paper(JSCL).pdf.
  11. Team-Based Learning - "Getting Started with Team-based Learning”; Michaelson, L.K. (2001) in Team-based Learning: a transformative use of small groups. [excerpted chapter from the book]: http://faculty.ucmo.edu/teambasedlearning/docs/Getting%20Started%20with%20TBL.pdf.
  12. Active Learning in Higher Education [e-journal] - available through the McGill Library: http://alh.sagepub.com/content/by/year.