DEFINITION OF ACTIVE LEARNING

Within a blended course at UW-Madison, active learning is the outcome of an experiential teaching approach that facilitates increased student engagement and higher-order cognition through instructor-guided, learner-centered, thought-provoking interactions in all components of the course (pre-class, in-class, and post-class). These interactions are meant to demonstrate discipline-specific methodological approaches to knowledge, align with course/program learning outcomes, provide evidence of learning to instructor and students, and reveal the learning processes students use. Examples of active learning include interactions such as: reflection, discussion, exploration, collaboration, experimentation, analysis, and construction of new knowledge. To learn more about active learning approaches, go to the Active Learning in Your Course resource.”  – Blended Learning Fellowship on Active Learning