Active Learning Institute for Graduate Students & Postdocs

How might you engage students and encourage them to participate in their own learning more directly? How does active learning help people learn? What strategies, from the simple to the complex, would you implement in your classes? In this one-day institute, you will explore active learning strategies and examine how they help students learn more effectively based on current educational and cognitive research.

What is the Active Learning Institute?

Active learning refers to strategies that ask learners to engage and participate in their own learning by stimulating student motivation, curiosity, and metacognition skills. Activities such as writing, discussing, reflecting, or problem-solving can help learners organize knowledge and communicate it to others, practice expert-thinking, and remember longer and better.

In this one-day institute, you will explore active learning strategies and examine how they help students learn more effectively based on current educational and cognitive research. Experience a variety of activities--such as polling questions with peer discussion, minute papers, gallery walk, and more--and select practices to adapt for your specific teaching context (large introductory level courses, writing-intensive courses, quantitative courses, labs). Leave with a list of strategies you can apply in your classes.

Who can attend?

Graduate students and postdocs at Cornell.

When is the Active Learning Institute?

The next Active Learning Institute will be held in Spring 2021.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • apply research on human learning to design active learning strategies
  • practice adapting active learning strategies for different teaching contexts
  • generate ideas for addressing challenges you may encounter when implementing active learning activities

Application Process & Deadline

Please contact Carolyn Aslan at the Center for Teaching Innovation with any questions about the institute.