Active Learning

Academic Technology - Active Learning Project

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    Faculty Support

    Academic Technology is working to support faculty and maximize UNH's investment in active learning by creating a professional development course and providing targeted support and resources for faculty who are looking to engage in active learning pedagogy.

    Image: Patrick Hayden Fall 2016

  • College students sitting at a table collaborating in a project-based learning exercise.
    Active Learning

    Active learning is when students engage in activities such as small group problem solving discussion, role play, or hands-on to promote higher levels of cognitive learning.

    Image: Seungho Lee, Practical Project Based Active Learning, Creative Commons

  • College students in a technology enabled active learning (TEAL) classroom.
    TEAL Classrooms

    Technology is designed to supports active learning pedagogy. Currently under construction, Hamilton-Smith will house two Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms ready for the Fall 2017 semester.

    Image: Kenneth Pinto, Active Learning Classroom Panorama, Creative Commons

Fundamentals of Active Learning Online Course

The course is offered each February, July, and October.  Participants should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week to complete the course. 

If you would like to participate in the next cohort, please sign up here:

Please contact Ken Mitchell at with any questions about the course.

What is Active Learning?

"Active learning is a process whereby students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem-solving that promote analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class content." Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Why Active Learning Pedagogy?

Active learning pedagogy has been adopted by educators and integrated into curricula by education institutions in an effort to improve student learning. Research has shown that student-centered active learning produces significantly greater learning outcomes than traditional teacher-centered lectures. The University of New Hampshire has made the integration of active learning a priority in an effort to provide the most effective instruction for our students through an ongoing commitment to professional development and support for our faculty.

Active Learning Pedagogy + Technology-Rich Classrooms

Active learning pedagogy is a key to successful student learning. Introducing technology-rich classrooms can enhance student engagement and create an opportunity for faculty to implement various active learning exercises using the technology. UNH is proud to have invested in these innovative technology-rich classrooms at various locations such as Paul College 125/135, Horton Communication Lab, Kingsbury S320 Zoom Room, and the state-of-the-art Hamilton-Smith Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms.

Hybrid Course for UNH Faculty

The hybrid course, Fundamentals of Active Learning, is designed specifically for the UNH faculty. It consists of 2-weeks of online instruction where they will learn about and design active learning strategies for their courses, and participate in a hands-on training in a technology-rich active learning classroom. We offer this course approximately once a semester.

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