Move, Think, Learn: Incorporating Physical Activity into the College Classroom Academic Article uri icon


  • Robust evidence links physical activity to positive cognitive and academic performance outcomes, and engaging students in movement within the classroom has the potential to benefit learners at every age. Offering college students an opportunity to be active in the classroom can enhance learner engagement, promote critical thinking, and increase content understanding and retention. Designed to bridge the gap between research and practice, this article shares specific strategies for movement integration at the college level. These strategies have been used successfully across content areas and class formats and can be modified to match student need and classroom environment. Increasing awareness of active pedagogy among educators has the potential to positively impact adoption and implementation of the practice with the ultimate goal of influencing students learning experiences and academic success. The purpose of this article is to provide college instructors with practical examples to incorporate movement into the college classroom.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Nicksic, H., Lindt, S. F., & Miller, S. C.

complete list of authors

  • Nicksic, Hildi||Lindt, SF||Miller, SC

publication date

  • 2020