“Active Learning: Good Answer! Good Answer, ALFIE!”

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

Survey says that active learning can improve student engagement and learning outcomes in online and/or blended courses. ALFIE, the active learning robot, will host this Family Feud style competition providing attendees with more in-depth knowledge of how innovative active learning strategies can positively transform the online classroom.


Ashley is an Instructional Designer at the University of Central Florida, Center for Distributed Learning. Prior to joining the CDL team, Ashley taught in the K-12 environment where she developed her skill set to advance and apply effective teaching practices. Her current research interests include professional development for teaching online, application of emerging technologies, and the use of OER materials.

Additional Authors

Alyssa has been a Knight since 2008 when she started her undergraduate degree at UCF. Upon graduating with her BS in psychology, she became a middle school language arts teacher, which continued to grow her love for education. While teaching, she realized her passion for online learning, which prompted her to pursue her MA in Instructional Design and Technology at UCF with a focus on eLearning. Before completing her MA, she interned with the Center for Distributed Learning during the summer of 2017 and was subsequently offered a position as an instructional designer. Her research interests include quality in online courses, active learning, online engagement, and Faculty/ID collaboration. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her friends and family at Disney, traveling, and reading.

Extended Abstract

Introduction: (10 min)

During this portion of the session, facilitators will divvy the attendees into small groups while establishing the rules of the Active Learning Family Feud Game. ALFIE, everyone’s favorite robot game show session host, will be introduced to the audience and the importance of leveraging active learning and innovative teaching techniques within the online and blended classroom will be briefly explored.  

Audience Participation: (30 min)

Survey topics covered during the Family Feud gamified session are all related to online and blended learning best practices within a variety of invigorating active learning strategies, including online debates, role play, online games, vlogging, and interactive exit slips. Survey questions related to said strategies will broach a variety of topics such as design, research, examples, engagement, challenges, and applicability across disciplines. As audience members may vary in experience and expertise with active learning, an engaging discussion is encouraged amongst small groups and informative answers will be presented related to topics covered as clarification.  

Attendees will be able to:

  • Articulate misconceptions regarding active learning strategies in the online learning environment
  • Describe active learning and how it can be utilized effectively to improve instructional practices in the online and blended learning environment
  • Apply takeaway active learning strategies at their own institution

In this gamified session, audience members (participants) are expected to:

  • Engage in discourse with team members to share responses to presented survey questions
  • Debate viewpoints in various active learning approaches

By participating in this game, each audience member becomes a winning contestant on an energetic and engaging game show. Their participation guarantees the ultimate prize for improving student success through the use of active learning strategies in online and blended learning environments.

5-minute Q & A