Active Learning Strategies for Effective and Engaging Instruction

This course is open for registration.

If you are a novice or veteran instructor in search of engaging and effective alternatives to lectures, Active Learning Strategies for Effective and Engaging Instruction will take your instruction to the next level! 


You’ll take on the role of an instruction librarian and help faculty identify systematic review best practices, Public Health students find resources in their area, Physician Assistant students identify study types, and nursing students find patient care resources. 


In the process, you learn when and how to use active learning approaches that Case Study Approach, Problem-Based Learning, Gradual Release of Responsibility, and a Jigsaw Activity. These approaches work face-to-face and in online synchronous environments. You’ll leave the course with new, powerful tools in your pedagogical toolkit.


The course includes:

  • A realistic scenario that you engage with to learn and practice skills
  • Self assessment of skills, pre and post
  • Downloadable job aids
  • Recommended readings & resources

Learning Outcomes

When you complete the course you will be able to: 

  • Identify an active learning strategy that serves a learning outcome within time and class size constraints
  • Implement a Jigsaw Activity 
  • Implement a Problem-Based Learning activity
  • Implement a Case Study discussion
  • Implement a Gradual Release of Responsibility exercise
  • Identify when, why, and how to use a flipped classroom approach


New and veteran medical librarians, other health information professionals, and non-librarians who want to acquire skills in core active learning approaches.


MLA CE Credits 1.5

Subject Matter Expert 

Marcia has over 10 years of teaching experience and a doctorate in instructional design. Prior to her position as faculty in an MLIS program, she was an instruction librarian at a university, providing professional development in pedagogy and information literacy instruction for library faculty. Her depth of experience and the current knowledge gained from her studies (as well as her many scholarly contributions) make her an ideal instructor for courses designed to promote effective and engaging teaching practices.


The team that created Active Learning Strategies for Effective and Engaging Instruction:

Marcia Rapchak, Subject Matter Expert

Devlin Peck (, Instructional Designer

Emily Brennan, MLA Instruction & Instructional Design Curriculum Committee Representative

Staff support:

Barry Grant, MLA Director, Education

Deb Cavanaugh, MLA Director, Professional Development

Registration Fees:

  • Member: $85
  • Student Member: $43
  • Emeritus, Retired, Unemployed and Lower Dues: $43
  • Nonmember: $115