What is Active Learning?
Active learning is an approach towards the instruction that involves students to actively engage with the course material through discussions, problem solving, case studies, role plays and several other methods.
Active learning is a process that mainly focuses on student learning. Active learning focuses not just on what they learn but on how students learn. Students are encouraged to ‘think hard’, rather than getting information from the teacher.
Students participate in their learning by discussing, creating, thinking and investigating. In active learning classrooms, they are asked to solve problems, solutions and also writing in their own words they can explain their ideas. Active learning methods are very effective for student learning.
Why Active Learning?
- It supports concepts and skills.
- It helps in providing immediate and frequent feedback to students.
- It gives an opportunity to student to talk about, think about and process with the learning material.
- It creates personal connection with the teaching material for students which boosts their motivation to learn effectively.
- It enhances student’s skills like collaboration, pair and group work.
- Conversation with other students builds self-esteem.
SKILLS DEVELOPED IN TEACHERS :
- Encouraging critical thinking
- Hands on technology
- Group evaluations
- One –on-one interaction
SKILLS DEVELOPED IN STUDENTS:
- Students receive immediate and frequent feedback from teachers during active learning activities.
- Collaboration and interaction
- Approach new information