How Courseware Can Turn Online Classes Into Active Learning Environments

When a college course is designed using principles of active learning, students seize control of their own educational experience. Active learning requires students to not just absorb knowledge through lectures and readings, but also analyze and interact critically with new information. They take knowledge a step deeper by making connections between concepts, often integrating what they have learned with their own life experiences.

At the end of such a course, students prove mastery of the subject material or a skill by successfully completing active learning exercises. They’re able to demonstrate true understanding and application of the material, rather than recite just enough facts on a test for a passing grade.

For instructors working with online or blended classes, it’s important to recognize that these principles of active learning are as applicable to elearning as they are to traditional classrooms.

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