Documentation:ISW/Lesson Plan/Core Lesson Components/Online/Active Learning

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This online module uses the ISW BOPPPS model as a lesson planning framework.

Online Module

Time to Complete

25-30 minutes

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Provide a definition for Active Learning (AL)
  • Identify a few AL techniques which might and might not work in your own discipline.


Please watch the following video to have a general idea of what Active Learning could involve.


If you would like to find out more, please check the Stalheim-Smith (1998) article listed in the 'Go Further' section below.


The above video provides several examples of Active Learning (AL), and also mentions a few characteristics that could be used to tailor a definition for AL. In our face-to-face session, we will try to come up with a more precise and all-encompassing definition for AL. But for now, let's just try and formulate a definition based on what we already have at hand.

  • Based on the video above, please formulate a definition for AL.
    • Try to make your definition as concise and comprehensive as you can.)
    • If you have prior academic or practical knowledge of AL, feel free to include that in formulating your definition.

Use the Comments box below to share your definition.


Download the list of Active Learning Techniques for Higher Education and familiarize yourself with the techniques. We will use this list in more depth during the workshop. For now, please review the document and picking from the provided list of techniques:

  • Mention two (2) techniques that you think could be used in your particular discipline or teaching context.
  • Mention one (1) technique that you believe cannot be implemented in an actual classroom setting in your discipline/teaching context. Briefly mention why you believe it cannot be used.

Go Further

Read pages 67 to 80 in your ISW manual.
Learn about different classifications of active learning in Webster University's Active Learning Handbook.
See UBC Wiki - Active Learning
Stalheim-Smith, A. (1998) Focusing on active, meaningful learning. Idea Paper No. 34; Idea Center, Kansas State University.

Module Credits

This module has been designed by the Graduate Student Facilitators at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at UBC- Vancouver