Active Learning Resources
One of the most common desires of faculty is to know that students are actively engaged in learning. Many faculty express frustration with the blank stares they face when students are invited to answer a question in class. Teaching is more rewarding when we can see evidence that students are interested in the material and “getting it.”
With a traditional lecture that goes uninterrupted for a half-hour or longer, little is retained in the form of durable, usable learning. Research has shown that when someone is lecturing, students attend less than half the time to what is being said and retain little, especially after the first 10 minutes.
Studies have shown that for optimal learning, people must balance receiving knowledge with USING knowledge. When it comes to learning above the lowest levels of factual recall, active participation and involvement are necessary. For deep learning, retention, and the ability to use information, the brain needs to actively process information.
Active learning activities can provide feedback to both the student and the teacher so that learning and teaching can be adjusted as necessary to confirm mastery of learning objectives.
Take a look at some of the articles in our Teaching Support Knowledge Base on how you can use active learning concepts in your class.