What is Active Learning Day?

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a nationwide call to action to meet the goals of STEM for All and improve STEM teaching and learning in conjunction with Active Learning Day on October 25.

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan defines Active Learning as “a process whereby students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving that promote analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class content. Cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and the use of case methods and simulations are some approaches that promote active learning.”

Because of our members' expertise and passion for active learning, in conjunction with the MAA’s mission to make mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level, we are joining with the White House and launching our own campaign to promote active learning in undergraduate mathematics the week of October 24-28.

During this campaign, we aim to highlight the many contributions from our members and beyond to active learning. Several of the trailblazers in the community have shared some information that will be posted on this page, but we are calling for anyone interested to submit their ideas and resources to us here. We will be promoting, among other things:
  • Research on the effectiveness of active learning strategies.
  • Resources for teachers interested in the implementation of active learning.
  • Inspirational stories from faculty and students.
  • MAA initiatives and publications that promote and support active learning classrooms.