Welcome to ABLConnect

The Active and Activity-Based Learning Connection
ABLConnect is a Bok Center/IQSS initiative as well as a multi-institution collaboration housed at the Bok Center.
ABLConnect is a teaching resource database.
We compile active learning strategies from innovative teachers, so that you can use them in your classes.

Our activities:

Get students engaged!
Are easy to use!
Have downloadable materials!


Check out our activity database

So, what types of teaching do we support?

Active learning is any type of learning that is interactive.  

Activity-based learning involves fieldwork, public service, community-based research and internships in conjunction with in-class work.
If your lesson, lecture, project, assignment, discussion section, etc. is unusual or interactive in any way at all, it probably qualifies.

Share your activities!

Want your lesson or class covered?

Contact Program Manager Leslie Finger.

Check out "Speed Dating"

View more Speed Dating examples.

Presentation in Washington D.C.

Check out this presentation by Robert Lue and Dustin Tingley at a Department of Education/White House Datapalooza event.

Check out our Prize Winning Activities!

Name Five by Kellie Carter Jackson

Theme and Variations: Understanding Musical Style by Bill O'Hara

Globe Toss Icebreaker by Michael Parzen

Mapping Indian Political Institutions by Emily Clough

Bring a Goddess to a Party by Maria Metzler

How to use this website

Search teaching materials by department, activity type, or any other keyword in the activity database.

Learn about the types of activities we offer on the activity info page.

Browse links to innovative teaching technology used by Harvard instructors.

View research and justifications for active learning at Why Active Learning?

See who we are partnered with on our teaching partners page.