• Michelle L. Hardee
  • Program Manager,
    Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Details

  • NOV 05
  • Mon 3:35pm - 4:25pm
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

TA Workshop: Effective Active Learning Techniques


Active learning is a student-centered approach in which planned activities are used to engage the student as an active participant in their learning. Techniques such as guided questioning, think-pair-share, one-minute paper, and other such exercises improve student retention of material, and can enhance the traditional lecture format. However, active learning strategies can be difficult for new teaching assistants to implement because they require preparation and skills in guiding and moderating the learning activity. We will examine the planning system necessary to incorporate such activities, and attendees will actively participate in numerous active learning techniques applicable to a wide range of classroom settings. Join us to learn helpful tips on what you can do, how to do it, and why active learning in the classroom is important to student learning.

About the Facilitator

Michelle L. Hardee is the Program Manager for Graduate Student programs at the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Science from USC, during which time she authored two Introductory Oceanography lab manuals for undergraduates. Throughout her career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program and as an Adjunct Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston. She was also a postdoctoral research associate in Organic Biogeochemistry at Rutgers University.