Tuesday, June 28
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Junior Ballroom C

Increasing Student Engagement through Active and Interactive Methods

Roundtable ID: 48576
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    David Kaufman
    Simon Fraser University

Abstract: This session will introduce participants to a variety of active and interactive teaching and learning methods. Some basic theory will be provided as a foundation for these methods. The goal of this session is to introduce these methods to participants by to allowing them to experience these first hand. This will increase the likelihood that participants will use the methods in their own teaching after the session. Topics will include an overview, rationale, multiple methods, barriers and how to overcome these, cooperative learning structures and resources for later self-directed learning.


By the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to: - discuss the various definitions, elements and rationale for active learning - describe the barriers in using active learning methods - discuss various ways to overcome the barriers to active learning - describe various co-operative learning structures - use various active learning methods in their teaching - discuss key principles in implementing active learning

Topical Outline

Methods to engage learners Rationale for active learning and interactive learning Specific active and interactive methods Overcoming the barriers


One year of teaching experience

Experience Level



Dr. David Kaufman has been a faculty member at Concordia, Saint Mary's, Dalhousie and Simon Fraser Universities, in Engineering, Computer Science, and Education. He also served as Director of Course Design for the BC Open Learning Agency, and was Professor and Director of the Medical Education unit in Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine. He is a former recipient of Dalhousie’s Instructional Leadership Award. Dr. Kaufman has presented more than 200 lectures and workshops at universities in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America. He has published extensively with approximately 120 published articles and three books to his credit, serves as a reviewer for many journals, granting agencies and professional associations, and has received more than $4 million in funding. From 2001 to 2008, he served as Director, Learning & Instructional Development Centre at Simon Fraser University and currently is a Professor in the Faculty of Education.
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