Module 3: Active Teaching and Learning

Introduction to Active Learning:

Balancing Skills and Theory


Watch this video of a biotechnology class learning lab skills before they are introduced to the theory involved.

Video: Balancing Skills and Theory (1:44)

Think About

How is this lab experience set up to encourage active learning? How are lab reports built into this lesson?

Now that you've seen the video, compare it to your own practice.


The instructor referred to "bite-sized" pieces of information. What is a similar-sized bit of important information or theory in your field that could lead to a lab or field experience?