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Oct 26 2021

Cultivate Equitable Discussions by Integrating Active Learning into Large-Enrollment Courses

CATE Teaching Tidbits Workshops - Fall 2021

October 26, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Zoom Webinar

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Active learning benefits all students. Research studies have shown that students in lecture-dominated courses are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes using active learning. Furthermore, active learning can drive the performance gains of historically underserved students, particularly in large-enrollment courses characterized by high achievement gaps. In this online workshop, we will explore some of the literature demonstrating the benefits of this student engagement strategy and then work through examples of evidence-based teaching techniques you and your TAs may readily implement in  your classroom to create a more inclusive and engaged learning environment.

After participating in this online workshop you will be able to:

  • Recall the evidence from education research that supports the benefits of active learning.
  • Implement teaching strategies that increase student engagement, feedback, and learning.
  • Work with your TAs to integrate active learning into discussion sections and labs.
  • Plan how to incorporate at least one active learning practice into your teaching.


Video Recording Notification: CATE’s online events take place on Zoom and may be recorded when attendees are in the main Zoom room. Recordings will be made available with captioning through UIC’s cloud-based platform, Panopto; you will need to log in with your UIC NetID to view the videos. If you do not wish to have your video recorded, please turn off your video when you are in the main Zoom room.  If the breakout group feature is used by presenters, no recording will take place so feel free to turn your video back on at that time.

Inclusivity & Accessibility Information: UIC is committed to full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of university life. CATE’s online events are delivered through Zoom and may include breakout rooms and group discussion. CATE’s in-person events typically involve a combination of presentation and discussion-based activities. We welcome ASL interpreters, note-takers, and accompanying assistants to all CATE events. If you have questions about access, such as parking or building layouts, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, such as real-time captioning (CART), ASL services, or obtaining event materials in alternative formats, please contact the event lead, Erin O'Leary (



Erin O'Leary

Date posted

Sep 21, 2021

Date updated

Sep 23, 2021