Active Learning at Queen's
The Queen's Senate Academic Planning Task Force highlighted the importance of active learning in the first of 19 recommendations in their April 2013 report: Queen's should promote active learning approaches because they are generally more successful in engaging students in the learning process than are passive approaches.
In the Faculty of Arts and Science the Blended Learning Initiative is transforming large introductory lecture-based courses into blended models that integrate in-class, face-to-face learning with online learning in a purposeful and complementary way (Garrison and Vaughn 2008). By focusing on active and collaborative learning in the classroom, particularly through small group learning activities, blended courses strive to enhance student engagement and to improve student learning outcomes.
A recent HEQCO funded report was published on transforming a first year course to enhance student engagement.