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Active Learning

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:

Case studies analysis
Concept mapping
In-class writing exercises
Think-Pair-Share activities
Small group discussions
Game based learning
Peer review sessions (learning by teaching)
In-class role playing or simulation
Student generated exam questions
Problem solving using real data
Brainstorm learning objectives

Resources for Active Learning

» Stanford University CTL Promoting Active Learning
» University of Michigan CRLT Active Learning
» Active Learning in the Online Environment, Campus Information
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