Engage Your Students—Join Active Learning Day!
The fact that students learn more, earn better grades, and are more likely to persist in STEM fields when they are engaged in active learning is well known. The challenge lies in catalyzing widespread adoption of evidence-based teaching methods like active learning. As part of the release of the U.S. President’s 2017 Budget proposal, the Obama Administration introduced its STEM for All initiative, which prioritizes improving STEM teaching and supporting active learning, among other areas of investment. According to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), “The first component of this STEM for All effort is implementing effective teaching strategies in STEM classrooms at all levels, including those that incorporate research insights about active learning.”
Whether you’re a veteran active learning practitioner or are looking to take the first step towards incorporating active learning techniques into your classroom, ASM’s open-access Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) has resources for you. JMBE has been promoting active learning for over fifteen years! Below are some of our most-read active learning activities, which can be readily implemented in the classroom:
(J.K. March et al., Dec. 2011)
(E.T. Lofgren et al., March 2016)
(S. Robertson-Albertyn et al., May 2016)
Using Magnets And Classroom Flipping To Promote Student Engagement And Learning About Protein Translation In A Large Microbiology Class
(McLean and Suchman, May 2016)
(McKenney et al., March 2016)
Finally, if you’re having trouble convincing colleagues to try active learning in their classrooms, consider the questions posed in this thought-provoking Letter to the Editor about the Lifeguard Final Exam.