Queen's Context

Active Learning

Blended Learning

Course Redesign

Effective Slide Design

Queen’s Context

Adventures in Teaching  - Former Queen’s Chair of Teaching and Learning Lindsay Davison’s community website with info on specific teaching methods, link to E2QUATE journal

AMS Academic Affairs Commission. (2011). Virtualization at Queen’s: Directions for the Future (working version). [PDF]

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. (2012). The Third Juncture: Some Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future of Queen’s University over the Next Decade. [PDF]

Queen’s University Academic Planning  - 2011 Academic Plan, Principal Woolf’s “Where Next?”, updates on academic planning process.

Active Learning


What's so special about Ellis Hall Active Learning Classrooms?


Bonwell, C., & Eison, J. (1991). Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom [PDF]. ERIC Digest. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports.

Scales, A., & Varnado, T. (2012). Examining Active Learning: Review and Current Thinking [PDF]. 66th EDGD Mid-Year Conference Proceedings (pp. 181–187). Galveston, TX.

Selected Empirical Research:

Cavanagh, M. (2011). Students’ experiences of active engagement through cooperative learning activities in lectures. Active Learning in Higher Education, 12(1), 23–33. doi:10.1177/1469787410387724

Cherney, I. D. (2008). The effects of active learning on students’ memories for course content. Active Learning in Higher Education, 9(2), 152–171. doi:10.1177/1469787408090841

Suggestions/Recommendations for Practice:

Bean, J. C. (2011). Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Meyers, C., & Jones, T.B. (1993). Promoting Active Learning: Strategies for the College Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Case-based Learning

Herreid, C. F. (2007). Start with a story: The case study method of teaching college science. NSTA Press.

Penn State - guidelines for case-based learning in a variety of disciplines

Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning - information and resources for case-based learning

Inquiry-based Learning

Inquiry@Queen’s - community website for inquiry-based learning, established by former Queen’s Chair of Teaching and Learning Vicky Remenda

Institute for Inquiry - inquiry learning in the sciences

Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning - info and resources for inquiry-based learning

Lab-based Learning

Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning - info and resources for lab-based learning, including articles about incorporating web-based lab resources

Peer Instruction

Peer Instruction - short introduction to collaborative learning in large lectures

Mazur, E. (1997). Peer Instruction: A User's Manual. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.

Problem-based Learning

Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning - info and resources for problem-based learning

Team Based Learning

Team-Based Learning Collaborative - information, resources, further reading for team-based learning in all disciplines.

Blended Learning 


Harris, P., Connolly, J., & Feeney, L. (2009). Blended learning: overview and recommendations for successful implementation. Industrial and Commercial Training, 41(3), 155–163. doi:10.1108/00197850910950961

Vaughan, N. (2007). Perspectives on blended learning in higher education. International Journal on E-learning, 6(1), 81–94.

Selected Empirical Research:

Carle, A. C., Jaffee, D., & Miller, D. (2009). Engaging college science students and changing academic achievement with technology: A quasi-experimental preliminary investigation. Computers & Education, 52(2), 376–380. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2008.09.005

Means, B., Toyama, Y., Murphy, R., Bakia, M., Jones, K. (2010). Evaluation of evidence-based practices in online learning: A meta-analysis and review of online learning. Center for Technology in Learning, U.S. Department of Education. [PDF]

Vaughan, N. D. (2010). A blended community of inquiry approach: Linking student engagement and course redesign. The Internet and Higher Education, 13(1-2), 60–65. doi:10.1016/j.iheduc.2009.10.007

Suggestions/Recommendations for practice:

Bonk, C.J., & Graham C.R. (2006). The handbook of blended learning: Global perspectives, local designs. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.

Garrison, R., & Vaughan, H. (2008). Blended learning in higher education: Framework, principles and guidelines. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Stacey, E. & Gerbic, P. (2009). Effective Blended Learning Practices: Evidence-Based Perspectives in ICT- Facilitated Education. Hershey: IGI Global Publishers.

Other resources 

Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning - info and resources for blended learning

Contact North - Ontario’s distance education network

EDUCAUSE  - nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology

Learning to Teach Online  - professional development resource for online pedagogy

MERLOT - multimedia educational resources for learning and online teaching

The National Center for Academic Transformation  - an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the effective use of information technology to improve student learning outcomes and reduce the cost of higher education

Sloan-C  - consortium of individuals, institutions and organizations committed to quality online and blended education


Course Redesign

New to Course Redesign? - recommended preliminary readings

Program in Course Redesign - outcomes analysis and design reports from multi-institution redesign project focused on large-enrolment, introductory courses (1999 – 2003)

Replacement Model for Course Redesign - provides examples of blended model redesign

Roadmap to Redesign - outcomes analysis and design reports from multi-institution redesign project focused on large-enrolment, introductory courses (2003 – 2006)

Further Reading

Graves, W., and C. Twigg. 2006. The future of course redesign and the national center for academic transformation: An interview with Carol A. Twigg. Innovate 2(3). [PDF]

The National Center for Academic Transformation. (2009). Four Models for Assessing Student Learning. [PDF]

Twigg, C. (2003). Improving learning and reducing costs: new models for online learning. Educause Review, 38(5), 30-38. [PDF]