Active learning is an approach to instruction in which students engage the material they study through reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting. Students and their learning needs are at the center of active learning. There are any number of teaching strategies that can be employed to actively engage students in the learning process, including group discussions, problem solving, case studies, role plays, journal writing, and structured learning groups.
The benefits of active learning activities include improved critical thinking skills, increased retention and transfer of new information, increased motivation, and improved interpersonal skills. (Read more...)