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Teaching Strategies

Engaging Notre Dame Students: Moving from Silence to Scholarly Interaction


Creating a positive learning environment often involves developing meaningful interactions in the classroom. Through these meaningful interactions students are able to engage the material more thoughtfully and retain what they are learning. Faculty participants in this workshop will examine approaches to increasing student participation and enhancing student engagement with the course material. In particular, this workshop will model “Write-Pair-Share” and the “Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT)” as potential activities for building a classroom environment that creates a learning space for meaningful interactions and keeps students actively engaged in the course.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify key reasons for adding active learning to your courses.
  • Select from strategies that will meaningfully engage your students.
  • Assess student progress by observing their interactions during active learning.

Workshop Resources:

In the Library:
Online Resources:


Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates: