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Door Prize Books and Winners

Barkley, E. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco. CA.: Jossey-Bass.

Rutherford, P. (2012). Active learning and engagement strategies. Alexandria, VA: Just ASK Publications.


Books Available from IUP Libraries

Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences : An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass.  Call Number LB2331 .F495 2003

Foyle, H. C. (1995). Interactive learning in the higher education classroom : cooperative, collaborative, and active learning strategies. Washington, D.C. : National Education Association, 1995. Call Number LB1032 .I498 1995

Glazer, F. S. (2012). Blended Learning : Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. Sterling, Va: Stylus Publishing.

Session Handout

Active Learning Classrooms: Everyone is Engaged


Barr, M. m. (2014). Encouraging College Student Active Engagement in Learning: The Influence of Response Methods. Innovative Higher Education, 39(4), 307-319. doi:10.1007/s10755-013-9276-x Retrieved from

Bevan, S. J., Chan, C. L., & Tanner, J. A. (2014). Diverse assessment and active student engagement sustain deep learning: A comparative study of outcomes in two parallel introductory biochemistry courses. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education: A Bimonthly Publication of The International Union of Biochemistry And Molecular Biology, 42(6), 474-479. doi:10.1002/bmb.20824. Retrieved from

Lumpkin, A.L., Achen, R. M., & Dodd, R. K. (2015). Student perceptions of active learning.  College Student Journal, 49(1), 121-133. 

McDonald, R. b., & Derby, J. d. (2015). Active learning to improve presentation skills: The use of Pecha Kucha in undergraduate sales management classes. Marketing Education Review, 25(1), 21-25. doi:10.1080/10528008.2015.999593 

Ní Raghallaigh, M., & Cunniffe, R. (2013). Creating a safe climate for active learning and student engagement: an example from an introductory social work module. Teaching In Higher Education, 18(1), 93-105. doi:10.1080/13562517.2012.694103  Retrieved from

Powell, N. W., Cleveland, R., Thompson, S., & Forde, T. (2012). Using Multi-Instructional Teaching and Technology-Supported Active Learning Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement. Journal of Technology Integration In The Classroom, 4(2), 41-50.  Retrieved from

Wanner, T. (2015). Enhancing Student Engagement and Active Learning through Just-in-Time Teaching and the use of PowerPoint. International Journal of Teaching & Learning In Higher Education, 27(1), 154-163.  Retrieved from login.aspx?direct=true&db=eue&AN=108648868&site=eds-live

Subject Guide

Reflective Practice Project

A Campuswide Effort to Promote More Effective Teaching

The IUP Center for Teaching Excellence has sponsored an effort to promote effective teaching through the use of workshops, monthly meetings, and small “teaching circles.” This program, called the Reflective Practice (RP) Project, was initially designed as a follow-up to the SSHE Summer Academy of 1993. The following information presents the history of the project, the evolution of the small group teaching circles, faculty assessment of the impact of the project, the workshops and monthly meeting topics, and our plans for the future.

Links to Past Large Group Meeting Topics and Resources.

Reflective Practice Co-Directors

The Reflective Practice Project: An Executive Summary 

The Reflective Practice Project: Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources

Izenberg, I.(August 31,2015). The Eight-Minute Lecture Keeps Students EngagedFaculty Focus.

Weimer, M. (January 25, 2015). Finding a Place for Creative Assignments in Your Course. Faculty Focus.

Big list of class discussion strategies.