Innovative Session Formats and Active Learning

The 2020 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee (AMOC) is seeking scientific sessions with innovative formats for the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. These formats should include the principles of active learning and help to make your lectures more interactive and interesting. While there are some topics that lend themselves to a lecture format, many sessions can be delivered in a different format to enhance the information that would normally be given in a lecture.

What Is Active Learning?

Active learning is "a method of learning in which students are actively or experientially involved in the learning process" (1). The theory behind this presentation style is that, in order to learn, people must do more than just listen. They must also engage in higher-order thinking tasks such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation by reading and writing about the subject matter, or participating in discussions and solving problems related to it.

In other words, interact with the audience and actively involve them in your session. You can achieve this through techniques such as peer to peer involvement, open-ended questions, and the audience response system used at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting (Sync).

Resources on Active Learning

We’ve compiled a list of helpful resources so that you can find out more about active learning and how you can use it to enhance your presentations:

Feel free to use your imagination when thinking up fun activities or formats that will engage the audience. The 2020 AMOC looks forward to your suggestions.


  1. Weltman D. A comparison of traditional and active learning methods: An empirical investigation utilizing a linear mixed model. PhD Thesis. The University of Texas at Arlington, 2007.