Authors: Icy Drsquo;Silva
Active learning refers to models of instruction that focus the responsibility of learning on students by allowing students to engage in learning that promotes higher-order thinking. Active learning involves learner-centeredness, and occurs within the classroom, as well as outside the classroom. By active learning, students not only become engaged with the ideas being communicated among themselves, and between the students and the educator, but also process the information acquired, integrate the newly acquired information with their prior knowledge, retain the integrated information over time and subsequently transfer their learning to new situations. Scholarship of teaching and learning promotes active learning. Active learning emphasizes deep learning, experiential learning, life-long learning, and overall development. Strategically designed active learning is critical for the overall development of graduate students towards life-long learning, and allows for a more enriching and encompassing education. Key words: Active learning, learner-centeredness, life-long learning.