active learning

Course design and the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre

In today’s post Dr Claire Gordon, Head of the Teaching and Learning Centre, discusses how course design can impact student learning.

Working with academic colleagues across the School on the design of new courses and programmes or the revision of existing courses and programmes is one of the main areas of our work in the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre. […]


Resource of the week: active learning in STEM subjects

In advance of our Academic Development Programme workshop on Wednesday – Teaching abstract concepts and promoting active learning in quantitative subjects – this week’s resource provides class teachers in STEM disciplines with a useful checklist for identifying good practice in relation to encouraging active learning among students. Portaal: A Classroom Observation Tool Assessing Evidence Based Teaching Practices for Active […]


Active learning in LSE’s Department of Statistics

LSE academic developer Mark Baltovic reports on the project based class work and alternative forms of assessment that have been incorporated into several of the Department of Statistics’ undergraduate courses

Statistics may not be a discipline immediately associated with active learning, but at LSE there has been a determination to build elements of it into some core courses. In the Department of Statistics’ half-unit […]


Building participation and active learning on MSc core course

Our second guest post comes from Dr Claire Gordon in LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre. As part of her educational development work with the Department of Sociology, she has played an advisory and supportive role in the project she describes here – the redesign of the core course on the MSc in Human Rights.

In the academic year 2011/12, with the […]


Resource of the week: active learning classrooms

As we come to the end of Michaelmas Term and the post-TQARO-survey period, for some it can be useful to reflect on how active their students have been in classes and seminars this term and whether engagement can be enhanced during next term and beyond.

This video from McGill University shows how some teachers stepped out of their comfort zone to ensure more student-led learning in their classes.


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