Active Learning

Active learners tend to be more engaged with their work. Teachers can help make their students into active learners by encouraging them to think deeply through meaningful course activities.

Engaging the students in the learning process is a way to encourage your students to participate in deep learning and enhance their conceptual understanding. Active learning does not require big semester-long projects but can be something quick (less than 5 minutes) in the classroom to help your students to think about the content and process it on their own.

Here are a few example videos that highlight some of the benefits of Active Learning:

The Leonhard Center is always excited to help faculty think about how they can integrate Active Learning into their course. Contact us with any questions or to setup a consultation.


From within Penn State

Additional Resources:

  • Felder, R.M., & Brent, R. (2009). Active Learning: An introduction. ASQ HigherEducation Brief, 2(4).
  • Gonzalez, J.J. (2013). My journey with inquiry-based learning. Journal on Excellencein College Teaching, 24(2), 33-50.
  • Pinder-Grover, T.A. (2013). Active Learning in Engineering: Perspectives from Graduate Student Instructors. In Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA: ASEE.
  • Prince, Michael. (2004). Does active learning work? A review of the research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93(3), 223-231.
  • Prince, M.& Felder, R.M. (2006). Inductive teaching and learning methods: Definitions, comparisons, and research. Journal of Engineering Education, 95(2),123-138.


The Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education was established in 1990 by an endowment from William and Wyllis Leonhard. Its mission is to catalyze the changes that are crucial to maintaining world-class engineering education at Penn State. In 2006 the Leonhard Center became the home for two other major programs that support teaching and learning in the College - the Office of Assessment & Instructional Support and Programs for Engineering Writing & Speaking.

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