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Durham recognizes the power of engagement and the role of students as active participants in their education. The university commits to diverse teaching strategies beyond traditional lectures, encompassing methods like problem-based learning, collaborative projects, and flipped classrooms. This dynamic approach ensures that every class is vibrant, engaging, and conducive to deeper understanding.

Active pedagogy principles

AP1: In addition to traditional approaches, programmes will employ a range of active teaching approaches including, but not limited to, problem-based learning, collaborative learning, discussion-based learning, experiential learning, project work, enquiry-based learning, and flipped learning.

AP2: As far as possible, synchronous teaching activities should provide core content in advance, focus on opportunities for students to undertake activities, interact with peers and the lecturer, and give and receive feedback.

AP3: Students will be consulted and given the opportunity to be actively involved in the design and development of curricula and pedagogic approaches.

AP4: Disciplinary and pedagogic research will underpin all programmes of study through research-led content, development of research-oriented skills, undertaking research-based activities, and using research-informed pedagogies.


Active pedagogy resources

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Active pedagogy evidence

This is an appendix to the to the Principles for Learning, Teaching and Assessment that were approved by University Senate in 2023. References can be found here: Principles for Learning, Teaching and Assessment References