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Active Learning

What is Active Learning?


AHU Definition of Active Learning

Active learning is an approach that engages students to participate in the learning process to expand their knowledge by thinking, discussing, investigating, and creating.

Definitions from other publications: 

"Active learning engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. It emphasizes high-order thinking and often involves group work" (Freeman, et al., 2004).

Source: Freeman, S., Eddy, S.L., McDonough, M., Smith, M.K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., and Wenderoth, M.P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111, 8410-8415.

“Instructional activities involving students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing” (Bonwell and Eison, 1991).

Source; Bonwell, C. C., and Eison, J.A. (1991). Active learning: creating excitement in the classroom. ASH#-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 1, Washington, D.C.: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development.

Why use Active Learning?

University of Minnesota

Active Learning --- College / University pages

Here are some links to other colleges and universities "active learning" information and ideas for implementation.

Active Learning BookTitles -- By Title

Click on BOOKS on the Faculty Development : Teaching and Learning Resource Guide.

QEPs -- Active Learning

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