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Innovative Teaching: Engaging Adult Learners with Active Learning

Discover the power of active participation in adult learning, encouraging teamwork and collaboration among students.

Innovative Teaching: Engaging Adult Learners with Active Learning
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Explore the power of teaching and how interactive learning can aid the classroom

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Hi, my name is Monica Fedeli and I’m Professor of Teaching and Learning at University of Padua. I’m here in front of Galileo Galilei podium, where he was teaching astronomy and physics. From the high of this podium Galileo was teaching and lecturing like a sage on the stage, pontificating. Now, this tradition that helped made our University one of the best in the world is changing, like most of the think that belong to the past. This means putting podiums aside, teaching in an interactive way, looking learners in their eyes and supporting them during the group work, sharing with them different perspectives and working together, encouraging them to critically reflect on the topic of the day.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds This approach is called active learning, and this is the key for promoting better learning experience for learners and institutions. Active learning is the process of engaging learners and the lesson they are talking, moving, doing, and creating together to have powerful learning. We practice what we teach in this program by modeling active learning for you as the learners, so you can learn how to teach this way.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds We want you to understand Active Learning through experiencing it directly. It means learning about Four Foundations of

Skip to 1 minute and 52 seconds active learning: the power of active lecture and the use of small groups in the class, the role of technology in facilitating participation among students, The significance of ongoing feedback and assessment with students, and probably most significantly, is the power a positive student-teacher relationships in facilitating learning.

Skip to 2 minutes and 26 seconds So, transform you’re teaching, you will transform your learners. Be the guide on the side, and not the sage on the stage. Come join us in this course, we together can experience active learning.

What topics will you cover?

  • 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

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be 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.
  • Investigate on teaching and learning to assess the impact of active learning in the classroom.

Who is the course for?

This course is for a variety of audiences who teach adults in either formal (higher education, training in business and industry) or nonformal 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).

Who will you learn with?

Monica Fedeli Ph.D currently Professor in Teaching and Learning Methods and Organisational Development at University of Padova. Her research focus is Teaching in Higher Education

Professor Emeritus of Lifelong Learning & Adult Education from Penn State University. Presently work in Italy at University of Padova and other universities on innovative teaching and learning.

I am a professor of adult learning, leadership, and organization development at the University of Georgia. We transform learners so they can transform their world. Here's to your learning and change!

Who developed the course?

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.

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