Active Learning Strategies:

[“doing things and thinking about what they are doing”]

  • encounter (new) information and ideas
  • engage with information and ideas
  • reflect on their learning

Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning

Mapping active learning strategies:

Content Frame:

[When trying to figure out what this is I ran into Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity framing – putting the link here to explore later.]

What is a content frame? “A Content Frame is a visual representation (an outline) of the content of a reading selection” <Source> Yikes! For the class represented here it would be better for the students to construct this. I believe I had a version of at least the spirit of this in the  video posted earlier.

TimelineEDU106-F20-timeline [PDF]


Pedagogical Techniques

My personal preferred techniques are the flipped classroom and hands-on learning.

I believe a student needs multiple passes at content in order to begin to absorb and assimilate/ integrate it into their knowledge base. By being exposed – especially if given multiple ways of approaching the material (reading, listening, viewing, manipulation/experimentation) – prior to introduction in the classroom, the student creates an awareness to a base of information from vocabulary to knowledge of what is difficult to understand that can be used as an entry into the classroom activities. This makes the student a better educated participant in the classroom activities.


Hands-on or ‘learn doing’ can involve both kinesthetic and inquiry-based learning. Students may be able to control pacing and iterations with an activity and form more concrete understandings of the involved concepts.