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Module A ButtonTopic A5: Designing Learning Activities that Promote Active Learning Introduction

Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand." ~ Chinese Proverb

Students need opportunities to interact with course content, other students, relevant outside resources, experts, and you, the instructor. These interactions increase the likelihood of comprehension, application, synthesis, and retention of knowledge. Integrated active learning has the potential for the distinctions between the three forms of interaction to become less distinct, or separate, as collaboration shapes the class into a learning community.

In this topic, you will explore some models that promote active learning and consider how to integrate them into the design and delivery of your web-based course.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of Topic A5, you will:

  • Evaluate ways you currently interact with students and how these methods might work in a web-based classroom.
  • Identify and apply models of active learning.
  • Redesign an activity you currently use in your live instruction to web-based active learning.


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