Active Learning

Active Learning Definition

Active learning occurs when a person/learner takes control of their learning experience. Active learning includes all teaching modalities that are not lecture (i.e.: pairs, small group discussion, large group discussion, TBL, PBL, independent learning). Lecture is defined as “instruction or verbal discourse by a speaker before a large group of learners” (AAMC).

Video Modules about Designing an Active Learning Session

The following modules provide an overview of Instructional Design and Active Learning. The key purpose of these modules is to support the development and integration of intentional active learning instructional strategies into the SMHS curriculum.

Framing the Learning

The module focuses on understanding the learner and the learning environment. Watch "Framing the Learning" video.

Learning Objectives

This module focuses on crafting learning objectives that inform an active learning experience.

Teaching Framework

This module will introduce you to the P-LHET framework for designing class sessions.

Learning Styles

This module includes an overview of Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory (ELT), his Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) and some additional resources.

Active Learning Resources

Resources from Other Medical Schools and Universities