Why Is Active Learning More Effective Than Passive Learning?

(Isn't It Obvious Yet?)
Why Is Active Learning More Effective Than Passive Learning?

Imagine you want to become a better public speaker.

Would you read textbooks about public speaking, attend lectures on public speaking, and take passive, online courses on public speaking?

Or would you take the action to speak more in public, gather feedback from the audience or an instructor, and make small improvements over time?

The first approach is passive, the second is active. The passive approach might help stimulate your curiosity or give you a little more courage to get on stage, but the only way you’re going to get better at public speaking is by … public speaking.

That’s how you build any skill or core competency.

Through action, not consumption.

There’s a famous quote most people think is from Ben Franklin, but it actually from Confucius … “Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll never forget.”

Passive learning doesn't involve the participant, it isolates them.

To create real change, establish any valuable skill set, and achieve success in whatever environment or situation you're trying to influence, you need action.

Information alone can't get you there.

You could memorize every textbook, PowerPoint, podcast, YouTube video, and passive online courses on the internet, but until you take action in reality, nothing will change or improve your skill set.  And when you do, that's when you’ll need help the most.

That’s the idea behind DOHQ.

The question is no longer, “What do we need to know?” but, “What do we need to do now that we have all this information instantly available?"