Active Learning

Dear Content Contributor,

 

Our focus this week is on active learning. What then is active learning?

 

Active learning is a philosophy and approach in which teaching moves beyond the ‘podium-style’ lecture and directly includes students in the learning process. There is certainly a big movement out there to include active learning in the classroom, there is evidence that it works, and active learning strategies have been around for a long time.

 

 

 

 Active learning can make learning experience more interactive, inclusive, and help embrace different learning styles. Active learning places the student in a more central role in a classroom, and allows students to engage with the course and course content in a different way.

 

So, why doesn’t everyone embrace active learning?

 

Without a doubt, it can take a bit of extra work. This post by Meghan Duffy provides an excellent case study, and illustrates the benefits and drawbacks of embracing a ‘flipped classroom’ in a large biology class, and part of that involves heaps of active learning strategies.

 

Active learning also involves some risk-taking, and perhaps risks that pre-tenure instructors should avoid. The strategies can remove some of the control of the instructor, and this can be uncomfortable for some teachers. For any active learning strategies to work, the instructor, and students, need to be on board, and each strategy brings some challenges, takes time to prepare, and certainly takes time in the classroom. Click to Read More

 

You can also read our previous tips from HERE

 

 

 

Please WATCH OUT for our monthly ACADEMIC CLINIC DAY, commencing very soon.

 

 

 

 Thank you.

 

 

 

Prof.  O. M. Arigbede

Director, Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching