Extensive evidence-based research has shown the numerous benefits of active learning on student motivation, lifelong learning and academic performance. Active learning, unlike 'traditional' lecturing, is an instructional approach to engage students through active teaching strategies, including: basic question-and-answer, peer instruction, problem-based learning and collaborative learning. In this workshop, we will discuss active learning pedagogies and demonstrate mobile applications to support its implementation to increase interactivity between students and students with the instructor, in and out of class. Each technology has been piloted at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and adopted by many international users for its efficacy in enhancing student learning outcomes. Please bring your device (mobile phone, tablet or laptop) and get ready for some fun activities and hands-on learning experiences.
After the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define active learning and describe different types of active learning pedagogies as well as the different levels of 'activeness' of these strategies
- Explore three educational technologies and their potential to promote active learning
- Identify at least one active learning strategy to implement in their teaching