In active learning environments, students are actively engaged in tasks that require them to go beyond the passive reception and understanding of content. That is to say, tasks that require the learner to do something using higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis or evaluation of content, and to think about what it is they are doing.
Active learning may include such things as experiments, hands-on activities, authentic tasks, collaborative projects, conducting research, group discussion and problem-solving. In fact, as a broad concept active learning encompasses a great many other types of learning, such as experiential learning, problem-based learning, case-based learning, authentic learning, and inquiry-based learning.
Students are encouraged to search for answers and solutions independently of the teacher, putting the principles they have learnt into action. This can even include opportunities to do research, public service, volunteer work, field study, and internships. This type of learning works well for any discipline area that connects theory and practice.
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