Active learning is the process of doing or practicing what is being taught during a class or instructional session. Structuring hands-on activities that are tied to your learning outcomes helps to promote student engagement and retention of the material. These activities help to break up lecture time; encourage the integration of new material with prior knowledge; and activate higher-level and critical thinking skills. For the teacher, seeing how students engage with the material can provide real-time feedback on how the class is progressing and what areas may need further explanation.
Here are a few simple active learning exercises to try in your classes.
This infographic from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is a great resource to share and prompt discussions about evaluating sources, media literacy, and fake news.
A fun video to help talk about a serious subject.
A short and helpful video explaining library databases.