# Active learning in the UCI classroom and through independent research projects

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Active learning is, in essence, any teaching strategy that encourages students to take an active part in the learning process. Research suggests that active learning is a beneficial addition to the STEM curriculum—it promotes a deeper level of understanding and may help improve the retention rates of STEM majors. To demonstrate how active learning components can be utilized in UCI mathematics courses, I present materials I developed and implemented for upper and lower division courses at UCI. These materials span an assortment of media and are designed to facilitate student engagement in a variety of ways. I also discuss ideas for future active learning opportunities in UCI mathematics courses, and I summarize potential undergraduate projects, which will allow students to explore advanced mathematics and applications (including work with real world data) in a hands-on exploratory fashion.