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Instructional Strategies

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This page will provide you with a quick list of different learning strategies, which is by no means exhaustive, but will supply you with strategies that will help your students become active participants in the learning process:

  • Brainstorming – allows the group to conceptualize multiple solutions or ideas to a problem or topic
  • Buzz Groups –learners are assembled into small groups to concentrate on topics or problems and each group then discusses their conclusions to the rest of the class
  • Case Study – real-life scenarios are critically examined to arrive at a resolution or provide a solution
  • Demonstration and Practice – skills are introduced by the instructor to the learners with enough time and instruction for practical application
  • Group discussion – topics or problems are presented and cooperatively dissected through thoughtful discussion during class


Pattison, P., & Day, R. (2006). Instruction Skills Workshop (ISW) Handbook for Participants. Vancouver: The Instructional Skills Workshop International Advisory Committee.

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Christie Robertson

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