Active learning techniques in curriculum design

Active learning techniques in curriculum design


This work resulted in a multi-semester study of student engagement with active learning techniques in the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. An article analyzing the results of this work has been published as have techniques-based articles.  Continued focus on this topic in 2013-15  inspired me to pull together my teaching and research into the text Metadata standards and web services in libraries, archives and museums as well as the companion active learning pages at

Research Overview

This project was a simple case study of the use of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) techniques for specific portions of an Information Literacy course. The worksheets that formed the basis of the POGIL class outlined a systematic process for defining, framing, and researching a topic/research question.

The project resulted in the creation and testing of a three part series of worksheets designed to teach humanities and social science research skills. The worksheets were published as part of a case study article in the Journal of Academic Librarianship in the Fall of 2010 and were tested and improved during the fall 2010 in a second IL course. Worksheets are available on the Courses Taught page under Information Literacy

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