Designs for active learning

Active Learning Conference, 2017 | Cambridge, UK | 12th September 2017

 Active learning can increase engagement, retention and performance, but is difficult to achieve online. Learning platforms have been criticised for promoting passive learning from watching videos and reading texts. I shall discuss designs for active learning with examples from flexible learning rooms, the FutureLearn platform and nQuire-it, a platform for inquiry-based science learning. These have been developed through processes of pedagogy-led design to support learning through conversation, collaboration, peer review, field work and inquiry. The talk will describe successes with these platforms, and issues including learner attitudes, sustained motivation and facilitation. We are now exploring how hybrid courses, formative analytics, reputation management, and dynamic assessment can offer new forms of active learning for campus students in ‘flipped classroom’ mode alongside open access learners.


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