Passive Learning or active learning. #change11

FlaggWakeUpAmerica “Students have to be active in developing their knowledge,” says Hestenes. “They can’t passively assimilate it.”
Watching a video is passive learning. Making on line students watch a videoed lecture is not new and innovative teaching (Weasel words, but you know what I mean).
Interactive Engagement methods as those designed at least in part to promote conceptual understanding through interactive engagement of students in heads-on (always) and hands-on (usually) activities which yield immediate feedback through discussion with peers and/or instructors. (Richard R. Hake)
Question. Is a MOOC a passive way of teaching or is a MOOC an opportunity to engage interactively and receive feedback from peers or instructors?
Question. Is video lectures the only ways of delivering On line open Courses? It seems to me to be like scanning all pages of old schoolbooks and publish them as digital learning material.
Question. Do students prefer learning in the old fashioned ways of their parents and teachers? Like teachers prefer to teach like their teachers did? Do students have to learn better learning methods? Like teachers have to learn new teaching methods?


10 thoughts on “Passive Learning or active learning. #change11

  1. My response is mainly about the third question – do students want to learn in they way their parents did. My view is more to do with the schools in which theysit – if we ask students to attend school – a building, together and at the same tme , then i believe we must use the time to develop team skills, face to face learning strategies. We need to make the most of the type of learning that is encouragd by the environment they are in for the school day.
    Moocs operate anywhere if a student is enrolled and active in a Mooc then they can be active in that learning anywhere – alone, at home, so the strategy and learning for them shifts and is less like their parents. I think too that what is being learnt at the time can also dictate the type of learning that happens-as to will it be more traditional or more open and online.

  2. Question. Is a MOOC a passive way of teaching or is a MOOC an opportunity to engage interactively and receive feedback from peers or instructors? It depends on how open and friendly the MOOC is.

    Question. Are video lectures the only way of delivering On line open Courses? I don’t think so. It’s just one way of doing so. Lectures could be gamified (they’ve done that a bit in Stanford – okay so it’s a video, but it’s a video with input) and with a bit of time and some programming skills you could redesign standard lectures to be much more interactive, just not many people are doing that yet. There are some nice examples in SL though. Personally, I hope that with the expansion of Virtual worlds we will be able to deliver lectures using Bot avatars and interactive scenarios. (I’m a dreamer).

    Question. Do students prefer to learn in the old fashioned ways of their parents and teachers? Of course they don’t. Imagine whacking a student across the knuckles with a ruler, or launching a piece of chalk at them. LOL

  3. The other day I was at a faculty meeting where the discussion turned to online learning and teaching methods. An engineering professor said that he polled his classes, and what they thought worked best was face-to-face in-class learning with the teacher using the chalkboard – all very low-tech. The student consensus was that when he was writing on the board, they got to see how he thinks.

    Is that passive learning? It sounds to me like the students were actively engaged in analyzing what the teacher was doing.

    I think what works best depends on many factors. Students and teachers all have their own preferences and their own strengths. What is appropriate for one type of content may not be best for something else. Yes, students need to learn new methods, as do teachers, so they can better meet each other halfway. It’s all about forging connections among content, learners and teachers.

  4. Hi Jacqui, appreciate your comment. The school as an institution will make learners learn in a school-way. I agree with that. Change will be difficult. Learner Weblog has an interesting blogpost on the same subject.

  5. Hallo Lynne, thanks for your comment. Making better video;s more interaction and direct feedback would make a huge difference.
    My teacher once threw a piece of chalk, but he did not catch it when I threw it back. Those were the days. 😉

  6. Hi thank you Paul for your comments. Wonder how the students of that professor would do the test
    I think you are right individual preferences should taken into account when we teach.

  7. Hi Jaap, escrevo em Português, pois ando sem tempo, mas achei interessantes as suas perguntas e gostaria de responde-las, ok
    questão- para mim o MOOC é uma forma diferente de interatividade. Você faz parte do grupo que escolhi, a Vanessa, o Jonh, a Jenny, o Scott, e alguns mais. Quando você demora a escrever eu fico preocupada e venho aqui olhar o que esta a acontecer!
    questão 2 , para mim, os videos palestras fazem parte do artefato tecnológico da web 2.0
    questão 3, nenhum aluno gosta de ensino antiquado, mas o novo ensino pode ser superficial. O s professores devem tecer entre as duas linhas. os dois, alunos e professores devem aprender novos momentos de aprendizagem e ensino.

  8. Hi Tereza, translating is easy now, Português é bom. You say it is not the medium which is passive or active, but the way the medium is used. And students must learn to study and teachers should help by offering good teaching.

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