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ACTIVE LEARNING

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BY

Markos Tezera

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Objectives
Trainees will be able to:
• Identify different active learning methods.

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• state the characteristics of more active learning
methods.
• State factors which may have impact on choosing
active learning methods.
• Plan how they will use a new active method in
their own teaching.

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What Is Active Learning?

Be in a Group of four

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How does your group define “active learning”?............3 minutes

Make a list of every active learning activity or exercise you can


think of-------------------5 minutes.

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What is Active Learning?
oActive learning occurs when students are given the
opportunity to interact with the subject matter of a

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course.
o It is anything students do in the classroom other
than passively listening to a lecture.
oStudents generate rather than receive knowledge. It
is impossible to transmit knowledge.
oThe teacher facilitates rather than dictates the
students’ learning.

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Cont’d
oActive Learning Methods are merely tools to
achieve the important goal of allowing students
opportunities to think.
oThe key concept in active learning is that

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knowledge can not be transferred rather
information is transferred and knowledge is what
is created when a student thinks about the
information.

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How does Active Learning Work?
Consider the following Chinese Proverb
“I hear and I forget; I see I rember,I do I understand”

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oBe in Groups of 6 and brainstorm the answer for
the question
“Why Use Active Learning? ”-----6 minutes

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o Two members of the group move to another
group to share ideas from their original group….5
minutes.

And

continue
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The Lecture Method
Traditional lectures are good for giving information
to students quickly and with limited resources.

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However, some students find it hard to take in
information this way.

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Tips to help your students to be active learners.

- Set the work at the right level for your students


- Set the work of varied difficulty so every student can
be challenged and experience success
- Set interesting and relevant work.

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- Allow students to resubmit work that is not up to
standard
- Make students aware that they will gain from what
you are asking them to do
- Explain the relevance of what students are doing
- Deliver varied sessions
- Engage students in activities

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Tips………….
- Base your teaching on interesting and/or topical
questions
- Be excited in your sessions
- Have a good relationship with your students

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- Consider that students can show creativity in your
sessions
- Be certain of that students able to work with others in
and outside the classroom
- Make sure that you give them frequent praise or
positive comments about their work
- Set personal targets for students
- Encourage students to take responsibility for their
own learning
- Believe that it possible to make all students active 10
learners
Active learning MATCHING exercise

20 minutes
Divide into small groups;

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Match method to Discriptions
More than 25 selected active
learning methods are given.
Check results between
groups for agreement.
N.B Matching exercise by itself
is one active learning
method.
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What are the factors having impact on choice of active learning
methods?

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Brainstorm

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Form a group having members from similar field of study, if not
related.
 Identify a topic from a particular subject.
List at least 5 active learning methods which are appropriate

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for teaching the topic? …………………10 minutes

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