Active learning activities come in all shapes and sizes. These activities are teaching methods that you can use as a teacher to promote active learning in students. Implementing active learning therefore means shifting the focus of instruction from knowledge transfer to student knowledge construction through the creation of guided tasks, interactions, assignments, and environments that cultivate deep, meaningful learning.
Active learning activities promote understanding rather than memorizing facts; they encourage students to apply what they have learned to different problems and contexts (problem-based learning). In addition, students gain more autonomy and ownership in their learning process.
When choosing learning activities, it is always important to keep constructive alignment in mind. Do the learning activities match the set learning objectives and the way in which the achievement of these learning objectives will be tested?
Active learning activities
Below are several examples of active learning activities. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it does provide a handy overview to inspire teachers in the design of their course. The image is from the University of Michigan (Introduction to Active Learning). The activities mentioned are also described in detail on this website.
References and more information
For more information and inspiration on active learning activities, see:
- Baepler, P., Walker, J. D., Brooks, D. C., Saichaie, K., and Petersen, C. I. (2016). A guide to teaching in the Active Learning Classroom. History, research, and practice. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing LLC.
- Queen's University, Canada: Examples of Active Learning Activities. This website contains a handy overview of active learning activities, sorted by individual activities, activities for small groups, and activities for large groups of students.
- Boston University, USA: Active Learning: Teaching Guides. This website contains an overview of examples of active learning within various American universities.
- University of Michigan, USA: How can you incorporate active learning into your classroom? A continuum of active learning activities with a detailed description of each activity.
- Center for Academic Teaching and Learning, Utrecht University: Teaching and Learning Collection. This website contains a collection of different learning activities, including detailed descriptions.
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