Conference Contribution Details
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Frahill, A., Collins, T., McCarthy, M. and O'Mahony
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Supporting active learning in Higher Education
Bergen, Norway
Poster Presentation
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There is an increased emphasis in European Higher Education on teaching approaches that foster active learning (High Level Group, 2013, EUA, 2018) and “encourage students to take an active role in creating the learning process” (ESG, 2015). Active learning can be supported through a multitude of pedagogical approaches which involve “students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (Bonwell & Eison, 1991). This paper will review differing active learning approaches used in higher education institutions in 10 countries in Europe. The different approaches will be critiqued to uncover how they could better support a culture for learning. Key questions to be asked of the institutional examples will include: 1: what learning can be drawn from the EUA case studies in terms of addressing common challenges in active learning. 2: how are staff supported and incentivised to engage in active learning approaches? This paper will conclude with a series of recommendations on how to promote and embed active learning in Higher Education.