Ideas for Enhancing your Course
DELTA has a course improvement grant which could be used to implement many of the strategies listed here.

Active Learning

Students in traditional lecture courses are 1.5 times more likely to fail compared to students in courses with active learning

From What's next in active learning? EDUCAUSE Live! 2015/12/10

Active Learning

About active learning

Generally, active learning is defined as any instructional method that requires active participation. There are many ways to include active learning in your class, including strategies such as:

Benefits of active learning

The benefits of active learning have been demonstrated in numerous studies. Some specific benefits, taken from Chris Kobza's EDUCAUSE presentation, include:

  • Adding brief activities to a lecture can help students remember more
  • Students in an active learning course outperform those in traditional lectures on identical exams
  • Converting as little as 10% of a lecture to class activity can have a positive impact on student learning


Activities and specific strategies

Active learning best practices

Research on active learning

360° Images, Video, and Virtual Reality

screenshot of food safety training video

360° Images, Video, and Virtual Reality

About 360° Images, Video, and Virtual Reality

Immersive multimedia can be used to give students a more complete picture of situations and environments that they will need to work in but can't easily visit. Some examples of ways it is being used include:

Getting Started with 360° Images, Video, and Virtual Reality

The best way to begin exploring something like this would be to apply for a DELTA Exploratory Grant. Currently, the equipment needed to do this sort of recording is not available for loan, but it may at some point become available through the library's technology lending program.