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Course Overview

Active learning is the leading innovative teaching approach in education today. It encourages teachers to foster a more student-centred, interactive and participatory approach to learning. On this course, you’ll develop a deep understanding of active learning – effectively promoting learning by engaging learners interactively and encouraging teamwork and collaboration among students.

You’ll challenge assumptions about teaching, learning with a community of educators to freely discuss the challenges of teaching and share successful practices, plans, and effective teaching strategies.

  • Developing an awareness of your core teaching beliefs
  • Establishing a critically reflective teaching practice
  • Understanding the foundations of active learning: essential components
  • Engaging students’ experience
  • Acknowledging context and the power of authentic learning
  • Engaging the whole student: multiple intelligences
  • Democratizing learning through student-centred teaching
  • Creating interactive lectures – large and small classrooms
  • Planning, evaluating, and assessing for success in active learning
  • Designing a course and planning a class
  • Giving and receiving effective feedback
  • Assessing for learning

This course is for a variety of audiences who teach adults in either formal (higher education, training in business and industry) or non-formal educational settings and have an interest in innovating and improving their teaching practice.

This would include faculty in higher education, trainers/directors of training working in business and industry, public and private school teachers working with high school students, and educators that teach in cultural institutions (eg., libraries, museums, parks, zoos).

By the end of the course you will receive an Ozone certification.  This certification is evidence that you are able to…
  • Reflect on how and why you teach (philosophically, practically) – the bases for a critically reflective teaching practice.
  • Collaborate with a community of educators that have a desire to develop a more innovative approach to teaching
  • Develop a deep understanding of active learning – effectively promoting learning by using a: student-centered approach to teaching, engaging students interactively, and encouraging teamwork and collaboration among students.
  • Explore how to foster effective teacher-student relationships that promote learning.
  • Produce a plan (short and long term) for improving teaching in the classroom.
  • Improve the understanding of the effective assessment, evaluation and feedback in the classroom.