Why do Active Learning?
Several research studies demonstrate the positive impact active learning can have upon students learning outcomes:
- Increased content knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and positive attitudes towards learning in comparison to traditional lecture-based delivery (Anderson et al, 2005)
- increased enthusiasm for learning in both students and instructors (Thaman et al., 2013)
- Development of graduate capabilities such as critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, adaptability, communication and interpersonal skills (Kember & Leung, 2005)
- improving students perceptions and attitudes towards information literacy (Deltor et al., 2012)
- Check out the latest research on active learning featured in Active Learning in Higher Education.
Despite the wide range of positive benefits listed above, Michael (2006) articulates an important point: “active learning doesn’t just happen; it occurs in the classroom when the teacher creates a learning environment that makes it more likely to occur”. There are many active learning strategies for instructors to consider when they design their courses.