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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Location: Online (LEARN Site)


Active Learning Online Part 1 helps instructors design and develop online teaching activities that encourage students’ engagement with course content. Instructors will explore and experiment with educational technologies that support active learning online, both within and beyond LEARN.

Please note: Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2

A live, 2-hour synchronous session will occur on Tuesday, July 21st at 10 AM.

Prior to the workshop, participants will be invited to complete preparatory activities asynchronously:

  • watch a (>20 min) video review of active learning (What is it? Why is it important? How does it fit in with overall course design?) by their workshop facilitators; and 
  • examine their intended learning outcomes (ILOs) to consider which ones would be best supported by active learning online. 

The 2-hour synchronous session takes the form of a guided tour of active learning online tools. It begins in the Virtual Classroom in LEARN and facilitators and participants travel as a group to complete small, interactive tasks as students using the following tools:

  • Perusall
  • Piazza
  • Quizlet
  • Bongo Video Assignment
  • Padlet

The workshop concludes with participants sharing their experiences in a synchronous discussion and both synchronously and asynchronously on Padlet. Participants will be given access to interactive resources highlighting important aspects of each of the tools, including how to re-create the activity they completed on the guided tour.

NB: Participants wishing to practice with these tools from the instructor perspective, as well as receive more formal guidance around designing and developing their own activities with these tools, will want to take Active Learning Online Part 2.


Registration is required. CTE has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you've created an account, you can register for this workshop.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email ( or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.