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Active learning can be defined in several ways, but it essentially means that students participate actively with the learning process—whether it's through practice, experimentation, discussion, collaboration, or problem-based learning. The idea of active learning stands in specific contrast to the model where students are primarily passive receivers of information from the content expert. Active learning requires students to be more responsible for their learning which enhances their comprehension and knowledge retention.
Examples of active learning techniques are:
» Stanford University CTL Promoting Active Learning
» University of Michigan CRLT Active Learning
» Active Learning in the Online Environment, Campus Information
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