Increasing Engagement Using Active Learning Techniques

This online course will include modules that support library staff in increasing participant engagement in any type of instruction session. This course would be relevant for those teaching in any setting, whether a public library program, an information literacy course, or a training session for library staff. This course is unique in that it provides practical applications of active learning strategies. Participants will leave the course with curriculum adapted to what they teach. This course will engage participants through multiple modalities including discussion boards where participants can share ideas and ask questions, readings, hands-on curriculum design activities, and possibly an optional synchronous session for participants to share what they have created.    

Module 1: Active Learning Foundations  
Module 2: Active Learning Techniques  
Module 3: Curriculum Design Using Active Learning Technique    
Module 4: Supporting Diverse Learners with Active Learning   

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course, participants will understand active learning and its application to a variety of instructional settings.
  • By the end of this course, participants will be able to select and utilize instructionally appropriate active learning techniques.
  • By the end of this course, participants will be able to design active learning curricula that both engages and supports diverse learners.    


Nicole Spoor, Assistant Department Head for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Tech Requirements
The course will be offered in the Moodle platform.  A computer with Internet connection is required.

Your participation will require approximately 3-5 hours per week of primarily asynchronous activities to:

  • Read the online course materials
  • Post to online discussion boards or participate in optional Zoom chats
  • Complete online exercises and/or final assignment

Participants who complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

Contact Margot Conahan at with questions or requests for special assistance or accommodations.