Edu-IT workshop: Tools for Activating Students

Participants: Educators at AU Health

Purpose: Think of active learning as an approach in which students engage on learning through talking, active listening, and reflecting. Active learning stands in contrast to "standard" modes of instruction in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive.

Tips for student-activating teaching

Example 1: make at least three breaks in the lecture with:

  • Time-out. Give a few minutes for the students to look at their notes, consider what the lecturer has said so far and maybe exchange a few words with a fellow student
  • Think, pair, share. Give a question and ask the students to first consider an answer for maximum one minute. Then, each student should discuss the answer to the question with the student they sit next to. After these two steps, the teacher takes in answers from the entire class.
  • Make a vote. If you would like to engage 250 students during a lecture you can use Mentimeter for making the students vote on a specific question.
  • Give over the initiative/microphone to the students. Using a ”mic toy” like the Catchbox (

Example 2


When the stranger walked into the lecture, my class enrichment group was immediately alert. When I told them Mr. Perez had a special announcement for us, they were intrigued.

“Our class has a unique opportunity,” he began, “and you get to hear about it first.” Now the students were laser-focused on our visitor. “A community member is letting us borrow a time machine, and we’re going to take a field trip to DNU 2030. I want your class to put together a guide for teachers to help them plan their trip.”


Question: Which activities have you carried out with success? 

Language: The course will be held in English if requested by the participants. Otherwise in Danish.

Number of participants: Max. 12

Duration: 3 hours

Time: Fall 2018