Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Passive Learning/Active Learning

Despite overwhelming research (and common sense) that passive learning is less effective than active learning, many classes emphasize passive approaches.

Passive approaches emphasize:
  • Lectures
  • Readings
  • Watching video
  • Listening to audio
  • Observing demonstrations

Active approaches emphasize:

  • Interaction through discussion
  • Student-to-student interactions & faculty-to-student interactions
  • Student presentations
  • Group projects
  • Simulations
  • Problem solving

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