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Active Learning Resources

This short, annotated bibliography is a guide to help you understand more about the pedagogy behind the interactive learning methods that shape the Development Education Program's online learning modules and to help you make the most of these materials. Better yet, we hope that the information here will help you improve upon the work we have done!

Use the following links to access the topics that interest you most:

Definition and Theory of Active Learning

Bonwell, C.C., & Eison, J.A. (1991). "Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom." ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No1. Washington, DC: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development.
This text synthesizes research on active learning-focusing on the quality of the learning experience--and provides some suggestions on how to apply this technique. The article stresses that it is important for educational leadership and administration to support and encourage the use of these techniques.
Jones, B., G. Valdez, J. Nowakowski, & C. Rasmussen. 1994. "Meaningful, Engaged Learning." Designing Learning and Technology for Educational Reform. North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Oak Brook, IL.
How do you know if you are using active-or engaged-learning? This article provides a description of 10 indicators to look for when creating and evaluating your own engaged classroom.

Practical Application of Active Learning

Solomon, G. (2002). "Project-Based Learning: A Primer." Technology and Learning Magazine.
Project-based learning is a type of action learning. This very well organized, user-friendly site shows how engaging students in group projects which utilize real-life events and materials, enriches the learning and teaching experience. A special set of links provides guidelines on how to create and implement your own learning project.
Harvard Graduate School of Education. 2002. ALPS (Active Learning Practice for Schools). Cambridge, Mass.
This site presents ALPS, Active Learning Practice for Schools, whose mission is to create an on-line collaborative environment between teachers and administrators from around the world. There are three areas of concentration within the ALPS site, including Teaching for Understanding, The Thinking Classroom, and Education with New Technologies. Each area has resources for cultivating active learning practice in schools, as well as interviews with practicing teachers and examples of their work.

Active Learning Through the Eyes of Practitioners 2004. "FoCAL Points."  Public Education Network. Washington, DC.
This page contains links to a series of articles published over several years chronicling the Champions of Active Learning (C.A.L.) program. The articles include tips on active teaching as well as evaluation results. In addition, there are links to hands-on student activities.
UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund). 2001. "Teacher's Forum."
Shikha Chanda, a school teacher from Bangladesh, shares her experience with more child-centered, participatory and group-oriented methods.

Active Learning and Technology

Dodge, B. 2004. "The WebQuest Page". San Diego State University. San Diego.
This site presents a wealth of resources on the use of WebQuests for active learning. WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the World Wide Web. Learn how to build a WebQuest lesson yourself, or find out how to help your students develop their own WebQuests.

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