Theory and Practice

The NDSU Library has recently acquired numerous books on teaching in higher education, many of these books focus specifically on the active learning theory and practice. Below is a list of subject areas and a link to the NDSU Library's list of book titles available to check-out.

Resources for New Instructors - Includes topics like becoming a new teacher, teaching first year college students, and what the best college teachers do.
Good Books to Start With - Includes topics like learner-centered teaching, how learning works, and everyday lessons.
Problem-Based Learning - Includes topics like learning to solve problems and new approaches.
Critical Thinking - Includes topics like teaching critical thinking.
Inquiry-Based Learning - Includes topics like effective seminars and guidebooks.
Service Learning - Includes topics like civic engagement, case applications, and lessons learned.
Student Engagement and Inclusion - Includes topics like theoretical perspectives, techniques, and transforming classroom culture.
Course Design - Includes topics like designing capstone courses; designing and teaching online courses; and creating significant learning experiences.




Academic Rigor

Wyse, S.A. & Soneral, P. A. G. (2018). "Is This Class Hard?" Defining and Analyzing Academic Rigor from A Learner's Perspective.CBE Life Sciences Education, 17(59) 1-14.



Active Learning Resources

A list of resources developed by NDSU faculty who use active learning in their classrooms. These articles are ones believed to provide evidence of the effectiveness of active learning.


Bonwell, C. C., & Eison, J. A. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom. ERIC Digest, 1-6.

Braxton, J. M., Jones, W. A., Hirschy, A. S., & Hartley III, H. V. (2008). The role of active learning in college student persistence. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2008(115), 71-83.

Froyd, J. E. (2007). Evidence for the efficacy of student-active learning pedagogies. PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope).

Kuh, George D., Ty M. Cruce, Rick Shoup, Jillian Kinzie, Robert M. Gonyea. Unmasking the Effects of Student Engagement on First-Year College Grades and Persistence. The Journal of Higher Education 79.5, September/October 2008. 540-563. 

Prince, M. (2004). Does active learning work? A review of the research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93(3), 223-231.



Disability Accommodations

Disability accommodations are organized and regulated through the university Disability Services office. The mission of these offices is to ensure equal access to the learning environment for students with documented disabilities and to provide students with disabilities a safe space to discuss their disabilities and to express concerns regarding their education and the transition to college life. There are a multitude of services provided to assist students to give them equal opportunities to succeed in and out of the classroom. Learn more about disability accommodations >> 



Growth Mindset

Simply stated, someone with a “growth mindset” believes the brain is like a muscle. By challenging it, stretching it, and exercising it regularly, they believe their brain can become stronger and they can become smarter. Learn more about growth mindsets >>



The Pygmalion Effect

The Pygmalion effect shows that teachers’ expectations of their students have a strong effect on student performance. Learn more about the pygmalion effect >>



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