Active learning refers to the methods that engage or involve learner in the learning – thus, moving from the plain old lecture-based sessions to more interactive and collaborative ones. (Charles C. Bonwell and James A. Eison, 1991).
Thus Active Learning methods call for activities that initiate and build learner activity in a classroom. Such methods would take the learner activity beyond listening and making notes, and would include speech (discussions/question-answers/debates), writing (quizzes, articulation of concepts in the form of write-ups), and even problem-solving (team/group activities centered around finding a solution to a problem.)
- At what stage in a training program would you like to use the methods of Active Learning the most and why?
a. Beginning (for schema activation)
b. Middle (for reinforcement)
c. End (for assessment)
- When an Active Learning method could lead to dissonance and reduce learning effectiveness, and why?