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Active Learning

Paulson and Faust

Active learning, as the name suggests, is an instructional strategy where students take an active role in their own learning, participating in activities and, reflecting on their learning.

Students are fully engaged in the learning process rather than being passive participants. “Active Learning” is, in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor’s lecture. This includes everything from listening practices which help the students to absorb what they hear, to short writing exercises in which students react to lecture material, to complex group exercises in which students apply course material to “real life” situations and/or to new problems. (Paulson and Faust).