Incorporating active learning into the classroom: Opinion

Active learning has been proven to be more effective than traditional modes, but convincing others to introduce and engage with this pedagogical method can be difficult, write Cathy N Davidson and Christina Katopodis. Davidson and Katopodis share key arguments in favour of active learning, such as how the method can be rigorous, empowering, and equitable, and how activities provide students with a way to effectively learn material so they can transfer it to their lives. The authors recommend applying the method through a variety of simple active learning activities, including think-pair-share, exit tickets or reflective exercises, that can be incorporated into classes to engage students without more preparation for instructors. Davidson and Katopodis argue that instructors also need to reconsider their role as teachers so that they can better support student learning, and call for better incentives for faculty members to introduce active learning in the classroom. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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