Engaging Students in the Classroom

In their classic article “Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom,” McKeachie, Pintrich, Lin and Smith (1986) concluded that “Our survey of teaching methods suggests that the effectivenes of teaching methods depends upon one’s goals. For the goal of factual knowledge, lectures and reading assignments are likely to be as good or better than other methods. For goals of long term retention, thinking, and motivation, less structured methods involving more student activity are likely to be superior” p. 77). This page describes several approaches that can be used in the classroom to promote active learning by students. The following topics are covered in this section:

Case Studies
Flipping the Classroom
Game-Based Learning
Peer Learning
Project-Based Learning
Classroom Assessment Techniques