Thursday, October 23, 2008

From Passive to Active

Despite overwhelming research (and common sense) that passive learning is less effective than active learning, many classes emphasize passive approaches. Passive approaches emphasize:

  • Lectures
  • Readings
  • Watching video
  • Listening to audio
  • Observing demonstrations

Active approaches emphasize:

  • Interaction through discussion
  • Student<->student / faculty<->student interactions
  • Student presentations
  • Group projects
  • Simulations
  • Problem solving

A presentation blog dedicated to active learning:

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) just released results of a national study that shows online students report deeper learning and more engaged learning than their on-campus counterparts:

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