ACTIVE LEARNING

A Student-Centered Approach to Building In-Demand Skills

At Foundry College, every class session includes both lecture-based instruction and active learning exercises in small breakout groups. Our student-centered learning approach embraces frequent polls, questions, and quizzes to break up lectures and keep students engaged.

The Science of Active Learning

Put Information into Practice

Research tells us that we learn best when we put new information into practice right away. Our brains integrate and recall concepts more easily when we think them through—unpacking their implications—and when we actively associate them with what we already know.

Build Associations

Active learning sets up situations that require us to process new information and build associations. For example, if students are learning about negotiation, they might be asked to role-play a negotiation with classmates. Afterward, they might discuss how the simulated negotiation compared to a real situation encountered in their lives.

Active Learning Techniques

Foundry College courses incorporate a variety of active learning techniques to ensure that students understand the material, retain it, and can apply it in relevant situations. Some of our key active learning techniques include:

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Spacing Learning

Learning over time

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Evoking Deep Processing

Thinking through material

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Dual Coding

Combining verbal and visual material

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Building on Prior Associations

Connecting new material with memories

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Eliciting the Generation Effect

Recalling information

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Deliberate Practice

Learning from mistakes

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