How to engage learners in active learning

  • #UKEdChat session 532
  • The role of the learner to be active in the process is probably to largest change to the classroom since universal formal schooling began.
  • Active learning skills must be learnt and practised like any other.
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Formal universal education has come a long way since its inception, rooted in the belief systems of the Victorian era, where the teacher, as the ‘sage on the stage’, would impart knowledge through lectures to the listening, yet silent audience of pupils. The role of the pupil was to pay attention (while sitting up straight) and to remember.

The role of the learner to be active in the process is probably to largest change to the classroom since then. By being active in their learning, pupils now can have a personalised experience where they can identify and knock down their own barriers to learning. However, this is a skill like any other, and, therefore, it must be learnt and practised with the guidance of the teacher. With this greater independence to shape their learning, comes greater responsibility.

In this #UKEdChat discussion, which took place on Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 8pm(UK) we discussed how teachers can foster an active learning culture in their classroom, what support learners need to enable them to take an active learning approach, and what are the benefits of active learning for the pupil, teacher and the world beyond.


  1. What does active, as opposed to passive, learning look like in practice?
  2. What is the role of the pupil in an active learning classroom?
  3. What are the benefits of an active, as opposed to passive, learning approach?
  4. What skills need to be fostered to make active learning beneficial in the classroom?
  5. How can young pupils be active in their own learning, and what skills are needed first?
  6. How can senior leaders support an active learning approach?
  7. What role can technology play in active learning?
  8. For older learners, what information do they need access to make informed decisions about their learning?

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