is a term used in educational literature to refer to learning that involves
more activity on the part of the learner than simply listening and watching.
Without active learning your students may not be engaging in your content
and material beyond simple memorization.
principles are based on the premise that simply delivering information
doesn't mean that learning has occurred. Rather, students need to work
and apply the information in ways that are meaningful to them. Active
learning often emphasizes students working in cooperative and collaborative
groups and requires students to take increased responsibility for their
Learning and Teaching Principles
The term 'active
learning' relates to other current teaching principles such as constructivism.
The constructivist approach states that students build, or construct,
their own knowledge based on connections they make with what they already
know and with how they apply the new knowledge.
helps students construct their knowledge by applying it to situations
that are meaningful to them.
Use Active Learning
active learning into your online delivery, your students may not be
engaged in your content beyond memorization.
for you as an online instructor, is knowing which active learning activities
and strategies will best achieve your goals and how can you use the
Web to enhance active learning for your students.
Our active learning
web pages will provide you with some strategies and ideas on how you
can use the Web and online communication tools to help your students
become active learners.
out our "Tips and Strategies: Active Learning
Samples" page to get some ideas of active learning activities
you could incorporate into your online teaching practice.