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I rated this material as a prospective reviewer for a Quality Matters/MERLOT project. The material presented in the videos was clear and descriptive. The links on the left that accompany the video illustrate the points made in the video and provide exemplars of the techniques. I particularly appreciated Think/Pair/Share as an active learning strategy. I might suggest emphasizing that this technique maximizes student engagement with the content in that the instructor doesn’t simply call on two or three students to share their responses. Every student is involved in thinking and then sharing, rather than two or three talking while the rest of the class is ‘listening’, which is not always the case. I might also add that the whole class ‘sharing’ step could be tweaked to have one partner share what the other said. This promotes active listening. Before the ‘sharing’ step, it would be important to alert students to the fact that they will be sharing their partner’s comments rather than their own. The concept of a beginning, middle, and end to the lecture was accompanied by active learning strategies appropriate to that component of the lecture. The use of various PowerPoint© slides (with thought-provoking questions) as reminders to the instructor to pause and allow students to distill their learning was also effective.