Active Learning defined by The Greenwood Dictionary of Education defines active learning as “The process of having students engage in some activity that forces them to reflect upon ideas and how they are using those ideas. Requiring students to regularly assess their own degree of understanding and skill at handling concepts or problems in a particular discipline. The attainment of knowledge by participating or contributing. The process of keeping students mentally, and often physically, active in their learning through activities that involve them in gathering information, thinking and problem solving.”
Active learning methods get students engaged in their own learning. Collaborative learning groups, problem-based learning, and flipped classrooms are just a few examples of active leaning. Active learning demands both good facilitation and teaching skills as the instructor guides the students through the learning process.
The following articles provide information and examples for incorporating active learning in your teaching.
Active Learning Strategies In Face to Face Courses
by Barbara J. Millis
Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning
by E.F. Barkley, K.P. Cross, C.H. Major
Active Learning Creating Excitement in the Classroom
by Charles C. Bonwell, Ph.D.
Active Learning Increases Student Performance
by S. Freeman, S. Eddy, M. McDonough, M. Smith, N. Okoroafor, H. Jordt, M. Wenderoth
Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work
by Dr. Lori Desautles
Mini Active Learning Strategies