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What is Active Learning?
A. A teaching strategy where less emphasis is placed on transmitting information and more on activities such as discussing, writing, reading and reflecting.
B. Students being involved in higher-order thinking tasks, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
C. Engaging students in activities in addition to listening to a lecture and taking notes in order to help them learn and apply course material.
D. All of the above!
Active learning has been shown to lead to improvements in:
This method also allows the learner and teacher to detect misconceptions, errors and omissions in learning so that they can correct them.
For research on active learning, download "Active Learning Works" by educator Geoff Petty on his website.
MORE ACTIVE LEARNING IDEAS
Examples of How to Use Active Learning
1. An instructor can start incorporating active learning with small steps by making MODIFICATIONS TO A TRADITIONAL LECTURE (Penner, 1984)
2. Incorporate GROUP LEARNING whenever possible
3. INTERACTIVE lectures with personal response systems (clickers)
4. USE PEERS for assessment, student-led review sessions
5. JUST IN TIME teaching*
6. CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES -- 50 of them can be found in Angelo & Cross' Classroom Assessment Techniques, A Handbook for College Teachers*
*These books available on loan from the CERTI library.
Ruhl, Kathy L., Charles A. Hughes, and Patrick J. Schloss. Winter 1987. "Using the Pause Procedure to Enhance Lecture Recall." Teacher Education and Special Education 10:14-18.