SALT – Getting active! Active Learning in Higher Education

Students using laptopsThis is a SALT written blog about the role of active learning and its growing importance in higher education. If you are looking for examples of the application of active learning, this resource provides some useful cross-curricular insights into different approaches and methods. It defines active learning and links to Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. It suggests active learning techniques, such as team projects, peer critiques and students c0-designing and co-teaching.

The resource then provides an account of a specific ‘7Cs’ workshop led by Dr. Patricia Xavier from the College of Engineering, ‘Dynamism, conversation and challenge: using active learning and assessment to engage passive learners’. In the review it considers what specifically changed, and it considered how the learning outcomes were achieved through these changes. This blog provides a brief overview of active learning and highlights one case study of the application of its use in one institution. Lessons learnt included the prior management of student expectations, explaining the advantages of active learning, managing anxiety levels, facilitation of large groups and language difficulties.

(Swansea Resource)

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