Better teaching: Active Learning and hard fun

Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research

Link "It is found that there is broad but uneven support for the core elements of active, collaborative, cooperative and problem-based learning. "
Paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education
A review of recent articles and blogposts on this topic Link From

A counter to those who criticise active learning etc:

Evidence for Various Research-based Instructional Strategies: Countering Critiques
Link From Doug Holton at
Hard fun    
Origin of the term “hard fun” Link  Seymour Papert coined the phrase “hard fun” to describe learning activities that absorb and challenge students, because they have rigor, relevance and stretch

Are Your Students Engaged? Don’t Be So Sure