We must teach more effectively: Here are four ways to get started

Erin L. Dolan, James Collins

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Research on how people learn shows that teaching using active learning is more effective than just lecturing. We outline four concrete ways instructors can begin to apply active learning in their teaching: backward instruction design; expecting students to learn more than facts; posing "messy" problems for students to solve; and expecting students to talk, write, and collaborate. Each tactic is supported with references demonstrating its ejficacy and advice and links to resources for getting started with active learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2151-2155
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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