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What is Active Learning?

Active Learning is a multi-directional learning experience in which learning occurs teacher-to-student, student-to-teacher, and student-to-student.

Active Learning involves activity-based learning experiences: input, process, and output. These activity-based experiences take many shapes whole class involvement, teams, small groups, trios, pairs, individuals.

Activity-based experiences take many forms talking, writing, reading, discussing, debating, acting, role-playing, journaling, conferring, interviewing, building, creating, and the list continues.

Considering all shapes and forms of activity-based experiences, Active Learning is accomplished through innumerable strategies. In his book, Mel Silberman presents 101 concrete strategies with variations on each. This web site demonstrates a few Active Learning strategies to help you get started and stimulate your thinking about creating your own strategies that work for you, your students, your course content.


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