5 differences between traditional and active learning [infographic]

Have you heard the calls for educators to stop being the ‘sage on the stage’ and become ‘facilitators’ instead? Or the famous quote by Einstein that ‘knowledge is experience – everything else is just information’? There are very good reasons why it’s time to embrace active learning, and our handy Infographic might help!

Traditional versus Active Learning: Tradional (Teachers are 'information providers',' teachers talk, students listen and take notes = students are mostly passive; content is the king, units are structured around important content; typically a linear progression; assessments are contrived and test separate and discrete areas). Active (teachers are facilitators; teachers post questions/problems, students work out answers/solutions = mostly active, outcomes are the king - units are structured around activities that promote the outcomes; typically an iterative/spiral progression,  assessments are 'real life like' and test multiple areas simultaneously.)


Information is cheap

Once upon a time, before the wonderful world of ‘information abundance’ and the Internet, information was ‘expensive’, so listening to a lecturer was one of the best ways to learn new facts and concepts.

Now information is well and truly ‘cheap’. Anyone with an Internet connection and semi-decent library and googling skills can find answers to many of their questions. It is also easy to find courses on most topics, including video and audio (by the way, have you heard that Macquarie is about to provide Lynda.com access for all students and staff?)

The abundance of information, educational videos, podcasts and articles means that spending a lot of time on transmitting information is no longer viable or wise. It is much more productive to frame questions and problems, assist students with finding answers, and help them critically evaluate the wealth of information they find. This is the essence of active learning.

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  1. Hi Olga.
    This is a good piece to read. Can you please provide me with example of each format specifically?
    Traditional vs active learning.
    Thank you and good luck


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