Supporting All Students Through Active Learning

Friday, December 7, 2018

11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenters: Kaatje Kraft (Whatcom Community College), Catherine Riihimaki (Princeton University), and Stefany Sit (University of Illinois at Chicago)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.

Registration is closed.


A growing body of research (e.g. Freeman et al. 2014, Prince 2004) shows that active learning has a positive impact on student learning, especially for students from underrepresented groups. Active learning can be broadly defined as student engagement and participation in the learning process. It can include various types of in-class activities, assessment, and reflection. During this webinar, we will model active learning while providing an overview of the current research on active learning and share examples of active learning techniques and strategies that can work for a variety of courses with a range of enrollment sizes, classroom setups, and student demographics. We will also discuss our own methods for implementing active learning and how these methods foster success for all students.


By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • have active learning strategies that they can implement in their classroom
  • be able to describe the research indicating that active learning in the classroom supports the success of all students
  • be able to explain how active learning strategies can be implemented in order to support all students


Time - 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
- Online web presentation via Zoom meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar. We encourage participants to view the websites of the organizations mentioned in the workshop summary.

Registration is closed.

Please email Mitchell Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.


Kaatje Kraft, Assistant Professor, Geology, Whatcom Community College

Catherine Riihimaki, Associate Director, Science Education, Council on Science and Technology, Princeton University

Stefany Sit, Clinical Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)


Supporting All Students Through Active Learning Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 20MB Dec7 18)

  • Welcome and introductory remarks – Mitchell Awalt, SERC
  • Introduction to research on active learning - Stefany Sit, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Overview of active learning strategies - Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
  • Considerations for how to structure active learning to foster success of all students - Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
  • Discussion and questions
  • Closing thoughts from presenters
  • Opportunities for further interaction - Mitchell Awalt, SERC
  • Webinar Evaluation


Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 509.6MB Dec7 18).