Promote Active Learning

Updated Resources_August 2016

Books and Articles

  • Freeman, S., Eddy, S., McDonough, M. et al. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 111(23), 8410-8415, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111
    • Study correlates undergraduate student success in STEM courses to incorporation of active learning techniques rather than a lecture based format.
  • Wash, P. Taking advantage of mobile devices: Using Socrative in the classroom. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology. Volume 3, #1.
    • This article describes in one faculty member’s experience engaging students in the classroom using students’ own mobile devices and the web-based student response tool, Socrative.
  • Wash, P. and Freeman. (2013). BYOD – Engaging Students Using Their Own Devices. National Social Technology Journal. Volume 3(1).
    • This article describes one institution’s experience in moving toward a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) instructional environment. Rationale, strategies and several tools are presented.


  • Dahlstrom, E. and J. Bichsel. (2014). ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology, 2014. EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research.
    • This research report presents results of an annual survey of higher education institutions in fifteen countries including the U.S. Technologies that matter most to undergraduate students are studied. Use of mobile devices in class for academic purposes and experience with learning management system tools are among the topics included.
  • Dervan, P. (2014). Enhancing in-class student engagement using Socrative (an Online Student Response System): A Report. All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 6(3). 2014.pdf
    • This report presents findings of primary and secondary research on the effectiveness of the Socrative web-based student response system in enhancing student engagement as compared to traditional lecture method.
  • Kulowiec, G. (2016). Cell phones as classroom tools. National History Education Clearinghouse.
    • Use of cell phones/smartphones as student response systems is examined in this article. Strategies for use of Poll Everywhere and Socrative online tools are presented with examples.
  • Poll Everywhere. (2016). [Mobile application software].
    • The commercial site for this application provides a demonstration poll and link to access a free account.
  • Sandefer, R. and M. B. Shanholtzer. (2015). Polling – Ask Questions and Get Answers. AHIMA Foundation webinar.
    • Presenters in this recorded webinar (both educator) offer practical experience with use of polling to encourage student engagement and critical thinking. Web-based tools and clickers are examined.
  • Socrative. (2015). [Mobile application software].
    • The commercial site for this application provides a demonstration video and link to access a free account.

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