Active Learning Across Modalities: Techniques for Fostering Active Learning in Online Courses


Active learning is a method of learning in which students are actively engaged and involved in the learning process. In order to learn, students must do more than just listen -- they must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In this session, participants will learn about active learning strategies as well as how active learning is not limited to a face-to-face or synchronous environment. Additionally, the presenters will showcase examples of how active learning can be achieved in an online environment.


Jessica Waesche, Ph.D.

Jessica Waesche, Ph.D.Lecturer
Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
University of Central Florida

Dr. Jessica Waesche is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UCF. Her responsibilities include teaching classes in both the Undergraduate Psychology program and the Clinical Psychology MA program. Her teaching interests include courses on topics relevant to clinical psychology, such as abnormal psychology, cognitive/behavioral therapy, psychological assessment, and clinical supervision. She has been teaching undergraduate courses online at UCF since 2014 and she emphasizes the use of active learning strategies in her courses.

Anchalee Ngampornchai, Ph.D.

Anchalee Ngampornchai, Ph.D.Instructional Designer
Center for Distributed Learning
Division of Digital Learning
University of Central Florida

Dr. Anchalee Ngampornchai is an Instructional Designer at UCF. She has a decade of experience in designing and developing learning solutions that utilize adult learning, multimedia principles, and online learning technologies. She works with faculty across disciplines to develop and improve online courses. Dr. Ngampornchai earned a master’s degree in Instructional Systems from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico.

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Additional Readings

Blowers, P. (2017). Three Misconceptions About Using Active Learning in STEM. Retrieved from

Carnes, M.C. (2014). Minds on fire: How role-immersion games transform college. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Corrigan, P. T. (2013). Active learning has an ancient history. Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed. Retrieved from

Driscoll, M. P. Psychology of Learning for Instruction (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Glieg, A. (2016). “You’re the professor”: Infusing multi-choice exams with authentic assessment. UCF Faculty Focus, 15, 21-23. Retrieved from

O’Neal, C., & Pinder-Grover, T. Active Learning Techniques. Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan. Retrieved from

Waesche, J.S. (2017). Hello, my name is Sigmund Freud: Using role play discussions to facilitate learning. UCF Faculty Focus, 16, 3-4. Retrieved from

Waesche, J.S. (2017). Use role play to increase student engagement in online discussions. In Chen, B., deNoyelles, A., & Thompson, K. (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved from

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