Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

202 Effective Peer Learning — 11.01.2019

On November 1, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed strategies and applications for more effective peer learning. The focus was on tips and strategies for designing course activities that encourage peer interaction while also meeting personal learning goals.


  • Learn from others: Ask instructors and colleagues about their previous experiences and consider which practices best align with your course outcomes.
  • Prompt students to find context for the what, why, and so what of learning.
  • Provide feedback at every opportunity — summative & formative assessment — so students both a grade and another impression of correct content and explanations. Every impression of content deepens learning.
  • Let students grapple with real-world problems to find greater meaning in applying knowledge to solve problems bigger than ourselves.

For more information and resources, view the session’s activity sheet here.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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