Experiential Learning Strategies

This year, I am the Academic Coordinator of a new Community of Practice for Teaching and Learning in my university's Faculty of Arts and Science.  This month, I moderated our first meeting on incorporating small scale experiential learning strategies into our classrooms.  Below is a resource sheet I compiled on techniques, books, and web sites I regularly use for ideas to develop active learning strategies in my classes. 

Resource Sheet for Incorporating Experiential Learning Strategies in your Classes

(Prepared by Teresa Kramarz, Munk School of Global Affairs)

Practical Techniques:

1.     Designing In-Class Activities: Examples of Active Learning Activities:  http://www.cidde.pitt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Designing_In-Class_Activities-Handout-Examples_Of_Active_Learning_Activities.pdf

2.     Practical Teaching Strategies, from Stanford University’s Teaching Commons:  https://teachingcommons.stanford.edu/resources/teaching-resources/teaching-strategies

3.  Classroom Activities for Active Learning (Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009)  http://cfe.unc.edu/files/2014/08/FYC2.pdf

4.     Active Learning for the College Classroom (Paulson and Faust, California State University, Los Angeles, 1998)  http://web.calstatela.edu/dept/chem/chem2/Active/

5.     Videos on engaging students in the classroom and beyond: http://www.crlt.umich.edu/faculty/Thurnau/ThurnauVideos

6.     28 Active Learning Techniques http://www.indiana.edu/~icy/document/active_learning_techniques.pdf

7.     Some strategies for transforming traditional lectures into interactive lectures: http://www.cte.cornell.edu/documents/presentations/Active%20Learning%20-%20Creating%20Excitement%20in%20the%20Classroom%20-%20Handout.pdf


1.  Skott, Beth P., and Masjo Ward. Active learning exercises for research methods in social sciences. Sage, 2012.

 2.  McKinney, Kathleen, and Barbara S. Heyl. Sociology through active learning: Student exercises. Pine Forge Press, 2008.

3.  Bean, John C. Engaging ideas: The professor's guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

Case studies:

1.  Almost 600 case studies in all areas of science:  http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/

2.  Problem Based learning clearinghouse (you need to apply for access, then you receive a password – it is all free and fairly straightforward).  https://pblc.nss.udel.edu/Pbl//

3.  Academic Conference Call series with the Council on Foreign Relations.  Interactive calls with leading experts on a number of global issues:   http://www.cfr.org/educators/academic.html

Online games and tools:

1.  Online games for teaching economics, business and political science concepts:  https://www.moblab.com

2.  Online games, surveys, and tests (very easy and fun to use!)  https://getkahoot.com

3.  Online resource to gauge understanding before, during and after a class:  http://exitticket.org

4.  Online, blind peer assessment tool to help students review and provide feedback on the work of student peers www.peerScholar.ca

5.  Easy to use mind mapping software for concept maps, organizing literature reviews, and many other uses:  https://www.xmind.net