Active-learning techniques are growing more common as educators develop flipped-classroom environments and create teaching strategies that engage students and add real-time technology experience in the classroom.
A flipped classroom turns education on its head: Typically, students have an instructor who lectures in the classroom, with some discussion and quizzes or exams on the lessons. The lecture is the central classroom activity.
In a flipped classroom, the lecture is, in effect, the student’s homework. After hearing the lecture at home, students devote classroom time to reinforcing the topic of the lecture. This allows students to demonstrate top-of-mind awareness skills, evaluate their retention of the information and leave the classroom for hands-on applications. This model has been widely used in varied scenarios and university classrooms with a high level of success.
In providing an adequate flipped-classroom environment to engage students in participatory learning, instructors may want to use some of these techniques:
All of these techniques can help foster an interactive learning environment that will engage students and enhance the lectures previously viewed. Javier Horta, a physiological and organic chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts, uses the flipped classroom technique in his classes.
“Students have to be active participants. This teaching model supports experiential learning. Students come into the classroom to have an experience, rather than just absorb data. We could devote more class time to discussing examples and students could spend more time in the lab,” says Horta.
Although this method has been around for quite some time, it is being used more often amid the shift toward incorporating technology into the classroom and making student engagement a priority. Universities are also exploring portable desks and chairs with wheels to allow more interactivity and mobility in the classroom to further enhance learning opportunities.
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