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Engaging Students with Active Learning

If you want to increase student interest in your class, add “extreme” to its title. That strategy worked for University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) professor Perry Samson, who more than doubled the number of students attending his meteorology class, “Weather and Climate,” by renaming it “Extreme Weather.” But if your goal is to improve student outcomes, Samson says, employ active learning techniques, an approach that improved examination performance among his students by just under half a standard deviation.