An Overview of Active Learning
"Active learning" describes a broad category of practices that place students at the center of classroom activities. Students learn best when they are doing something that requires an investment and a commitment of participation, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a video. Being active often means interacting with other learners. Cooperative, Collaborative and Team-Based Learning are some examples of strategies used for Active Learning.
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Creating an Environment for Active Learning
Once you make the decision to engage students and get them to take an active role in the classroom, you will need to give considerable thought to how you stage and manage their interactions with yourself and among other students. This means learning a few tools and techniques that ensure a respectful, supportive, yet intellectually challenging environment.
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A Simple Plan for engaging students and accelerating their learning
Re-sequencing learning tasks can have a huge impact on student engagement and performance. The key to the Simple Plan is the tactical placement of new information, traditionally introduced via reading assignments and lectures.
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Wickedly Reliable Formats of Engagement for the Active Learning Classroom
The Active Learning Classroom is driven by students doing their own thinking in situations you have designed, so you (the resident expert) can respond and offer feedback. For many faculty members, the hardest challenge is to design the kind of activity that 1) is engaging and inherently interesting and 2) demonstrates the targeted thinking, so it becomes visible to the faculty member (and to the students, themselves).
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