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Active Learning

Active Learning is an instructional approach that actively engages learners in the learning process, emphasizing their participation and interaction with the content, instructor, and peers. This approach shifts the focus from passive reception of information to learner-centered activities that promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and knowledge application. Active Learning strategies encompass a wide range of techniques, such as collaborative group work, discussions, case studies, simulations, role-playing, and hands-on projects. These activities are designed to encourage learners to explore, analyze, and synthesize information, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter. By actively participating in the learning process, learners develop essential skills such as communication, teamwork, and self-directed learning. Moreover, Active Learning has been shown to enhance motivation, engagement, and retention of knowledge, as learners are more invested in their own learning journey. This approach is grounded in constructivist learning theory, which posits that learners actively construct their own understanding by integrating new information with prior knowledge and experiences. Educators play a crucial role in facilitating Active Learning by creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment, providing clear instructions and expectations, and offering timely feedback and guidance. The implementation of Active Learning strategies requires careful planning, flexibility, and a willingness to adapt to the diverse needs and learning styles of learners. As education continues to evolve in response to the demands of the 21st century, Active Learning has emerged as a vital approach to preparing learners for success in an increasingly complex and dynamic world.

student engagement, collaborative learning, constructivism, experiential learning

Robert Anderson

CITATION : "Robert Anderson. 'Active Learning.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on July 16, 2024)"

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