What Is Active Learning?

A Smarter, More Practical Way To Educate Your Audience
What Is Active Learning?

Traditional, "passive" learning invites participants to sit back, consume information, and click, scroll through, or listen to content without collaboration, critical thinking, or feedback of any kind.

Nothing is produced.

No useful skill are developed.

No real world results are measured. 

Is it any wonder people say formal education isn't practical?

It's missing action.

Active learning requires participants to take an action that reinforce's the concept or skill being taught as it applies to the real world. This requires attention, focus, and engagement, which is why it's not only more effective, but more fun. The participant pays more attention, retains more knowledge, and develops more skill.

Imagine you wanted to learn how to play the piano.

How would you get good?

Would you take the traditional, passive learning approach and read piano textbooks, attend piano lectures, and watch piano PowerPoint presentations?

Or would you starting playing the piano? And take the action to practice, get feedback on your output, and continue to improve your piano playing skills over time?

It's obvious, isn't it?

Yet formal education, online education, and education in the workplace all take a passive approach to achieve participant success. "Let's put a bunch of training videos together and hope it captivates their attention, engages them, and on-boards, trains, and retains them effectively." 

It doesn't.

People get bored easily. 90% of online courses are never even finished, and the number one complaint from companies using software to train their employees is, "it's not engaging enough."

Without action, information is irrelevant.

Passive learning can be useful for stimulating interest, generating ideas, or getting the confidence to take the first few steps forward, but active learning is the only way to truly get to the finish line, create positive change, and develop skill or competency.

It's easy to mindlessly skip through or cheat passive education.

Participants can't cheat active education.

It's binary.

They either took action or they didn't.

If they did, how did they do?

If they didn't, why not?

Doesn't that make more sense then overwhelming them with information?