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.
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:
Learning over time
Evoking Deep Processing
Thinking through material
Combining verbal and visual material
Building on Prior Associations
Connecting new material with memories
Eliciting the Generation Effect
Learning from mistakes