Active learning increases the learning outcome or the accrual of knowledge, skills and attitudes. You will be encouraging students to apply themselves to the learning content you offer them actively, through active teaching methods. In this way they will learn more effectively and intensively.
The learning process consists of three phases: observation; processing; and consolidation. For each phase different active methods apply.
- Observation phase: activate your students to assimilate the learning content in various ways. For example, by showing them an instructional film explaining an action. Or engaging them in a structured discussion in which the learning content is explained through dialogue.
- Processing phase: allow students to actively process and retain the learning content. If you plan to do this by means of a case, split the case up into a problem and a solution and have students anticipate the solution by means of open and closed questions.
- Consolidation phase: encourage your students to apply the learning content they have processed to a new situation. Teaching methods, such as think-pair-share are ideal for this: in groups, your students solve a problem on the basis of their previously acquired knowledge. Ideal for putting theory into practice, for example, are labs, practicals or internships.