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Engaging Students in Active Learning

Students and teachers: their relationship gravitates around learning. Look at reality from different perspectives, and fit learning objectives into each scenario to create an engaging and driven learning experience. These are the basis of active learning.

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Course Description

This MOOC, “Engaging Students in Active Learning”, is part of the “MOOCs for Teachers” series. It is addressed mainly to teachers who want to improve their effective support to students. It is also addressed to the ones who already engage students in their lessons, but still want to re-think about it and enhance even further the results of this collaboration. Any other participant interested in understanding the dynamics of learning is welcome to bring his/her distinct perspective.

The collaboration between all the subjects involved (teachers, students and tutors); the open-minded approach to embrace the perspective of each participant; the courage to continuously try something new; and the strong attitude to make students succeed are some of the key factors for an effective learning experience.

In this MOOC you’ll have the chance to listen about these factors directly from the voice of teachers who are familiar with active learning in very different contexts. You will have the chance to listen some tips to try active learning in your course, and go through a set of tools we will provide you and some useful resources shared by other institutions: you are invited to adapt them to your learning goals and try them in your classes.

In this MOOC you’ll meet the following guests: Azra Aksamija (Associate Professor at MIT, USA) Katsusuke Shigeta (Associate Professor at Hokkaido University, Japan), Patricia Christie (PhD, instructor at Experimental Study Group, MIT, USA) and Jonathan Velázquez (Associate Professor, at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, USA).

All our guests agreed in sharing their videos under CC licence, and the whole course is released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence, consistently with the content in itself.

In collaboration with:

Université Numèrique Ingénierie et Technologie

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.


There are no prerequisites to take this course, even if previous experience in didactics and teaching will be helpful. The course is mainly addressed at professors and teachers, at all levels, who are willing to think about some innovation in their pedagogical approach.

Discussion Forum

The forum of this MOOC is freely accessible and participation is not guided; you can use it to compare yourself with other participants, or to discuss course contents with them.

Quizzes and scores

The course entails questions, in the form of self-assessment quizzes or as hints for reflection, as well as discussion activities in the Forum and design activities in WEEK 4. You are not required to answer these questions or participate to activities to complete the course, but we strongly believe they offer you a concrete opportunity to improve your knowledge!

Instead, the quiz you will find at the end of the core WEEKs (except WEEK 0 and the final section on the pedagogical approach) will be evaluated.

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.

Once you have successfully passed the course, you can request the Certificate of Accomplishment without waiting for the end of the edition.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.


For further information, see FAQ page.

Course Faculty

This MOOC is the result of a proficient collaboration between many people, at international level. Politecnico di Milano - METID had the chance to enjoy working closely with UNIT partners and to benefit from the kind availability of many international teachers, who already experienced flipped classroom approach.

Paola Corti

Paola Corti

Paola Corti is a Project Manager at Politecnico di Milano – METID; she is an instructional designer involved in MOOCs design and production for POK platform. She coordinated the design of the course, involved international testimonials, together with other curators, in order to collect the experiences available in this MOOC, and she kept together the design and the production groups… and many are things needed : )

Ariane Dumont

Ariane Dumont

Ariane Dumont, Professor at the Western Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Educational Developer and responsible for promoting innovation in pedagogy. She will nicely guide you through some interesting models, which can support you in exploring and experimenting OERs according to her experience, which she is eager to share with us.

Aude Pichon

Aude Pichon

Aude Pichon, Advisor in Pedagogy in the Center for Professional Development in Education at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes and Coordinator, she has been in charge of the pedagogical development within uTOP (UNIT) in France. She not only advises on teacher training projects, but also develops them and leads them either face-to-face or remotely.

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  1. Classes Start

    May 23, 2022
  2. Classes End

    May 14, 2023
  3. Length

    4 Weeks
  4. Estimated Effort

    1-2 hours/week
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