Module 3: Active Teaching and Learning

Introduction to Active Learning:

Engaging Students in Lecture and Lab


Watch this video in which students move from lecture to lab teams and use algebraic functions to program robots.

Video: Engaging Students in Lecture and Lab (6:14)

Think About

What kinds of questions do the instructors ask? How do their interactions with students (asking questions, responding to student questions, pausing after asking questions) encourage these students to find their own answers?

Now we'd like you to consider your own practice.


The teachers in this video ask questions of students, survey their current understanding of the topic, and connect new information to what the students already know. How might you use these strategies? How else might you engage students?