Active Learning in Person and Online

Visiting Scholar

Online via Zoom

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The benefits to students of working individually and in small groups in the classroom to solve problems and discuss newly learned concepts are substantial. In this talk Professor McKee will provide several examples of active learning he incorporates into his own classes. He will also show how this way of teaching can work well in a synchronous (live) online environment.

Bio: Professor Doug McKee is a senior lecturer in Economics at Cornell University where he teaches a variety of big intermediate level courses and runs the department’s Active Learning Initiative (link: While trained as a development economist and a labor economist, he’s currently writing articles about how best to teach economics. These include studies of what determines how much students remember long after a course is over and estimating the causal effect of attendance at office hours. Doug also writes about teaching at Teach Better (link: and cohosts the Teach Better Podcast (link: