Session 310: How can we engage learners in active learning?

1. What are your examples of active learning within your subject?
2. What do you consider / have you experienced as disadvantages of active learning?
3. What are the differences (if any) in preparing lessons with active learning?
4. How can you avoid chaos in an active learning setting?
5. How can you integrate differentiation into active learning?
6. What’s the role of technology and other teaching materials / aids in active learning?

Host: @NVandenAbeele

Session Summary
Ideas that came up were amongst other things: making Ls think, upgrade their understanding of the subject knowledge, make students active participants in their learning etc.

One of the thoughts of this chat was that it is a challenge to develop an attitude in learners to become more than passive consumers of slideshows. Another concept was that motivation is key.

Because of the innovation it sometimes requests, some teachers need help when making the transition to active learning. To this end, there are of course colleagues who can share their ideas and actively help in developing their
teaching styles.

A very useful insight was that active learning activities must be carefully controlled by the teacher (and not by the pupils) and that it is still very useful to have someone with expertise (i.e. the teacher!) in the classroom.

In order to avoid chaos when applying active learning, the following strategies came from the chat: clear instructions, handing out resources when the instruction has been given, controlling noise, etc.

The side chat that came up included the very precious idea that the teacher must be an expert in this field of study, something that is in some teacher-training institutions losing field. Happy to have heard that the idea of being an expert is still very much appreciated by teachers generally.

The chat also revealed that the role of technology in active learning should not be underestimated.

About the host:

Nico Van den Abeele (@NVandenAbeele) graduated as a conference interpreter (DU/EN/GER) in 2001. After that, he started teaching in different bachelor education programmes (e.g. office management, tourism, healthcare, communications management, journalism and teacher training). He holds a certificate of teacher training and has experience with guiding students in thesis-writing. Now, he is working for the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium. He is working on a project that involves language competencies in undergraduate students.

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