Driving Student Success with Active Learning
In 2012, a White House report revealed that the U.S. will need one million more college graduates with STEM degrees in order to meet the labor market needs of the next decade. Unfortunately, less than half of undergraduate students intending to major in STEM actually complete a STEM degree – and many of those students cite poor instruction as the reason behind their decision to leave.
Research shows that engaging teaching practices like Active Learning can help retain STEM students, particularly in the first two years of study. Proven to increase student performance, Active Learning is an evidence-based, student-centered set of instructional practices.
This video illustrates what Active Learning can look like in and out of the classroom, and aims to encourage more STEM faculty members to use these strategies to empower greater student success and ultimately expand opportunities for rewarding careers that pay family-sustaining wages.
Faculty seeking more information on how to implement active learning techniques should consider the following opportunities:
- The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching
- Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)’s Project Kaleidoscope Initiative
- Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)
Explore a new report that takes a close look at STEM professors’ experiences with Active Learning.