The Center for Learning and Teaching Newsletter Teaching News

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Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT)

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News Article

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New Chalk Talk

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One of the most common obstacles in introducing active learning in the classroom, is the perception that it takes away from the lecture. The typical 40+ contact hours that a professor has with his/her students during a semester are usually considered to be barely enough to cover the “content” of the course. Yet thanks to excellent classroom research (McKeachie et al., 1990) we know a great deal about how learning happens, and not much of it will be happening in the classroom unless students are actively engaged.