Implications for roles and behaviours

Active learning has implications for the traditional roles of tutor and student and shapes the dynamics in the classroom.  There is a shift from a teacher-centred model to a learner-centred approach.  This is accompanied by a shift from product-driven learning to process-driven.

From - To grid showing shift in tutors’ role required to create an active learning environment

Tutor-centred room

Student-centred room

Product-driven learning

Process-driven learning

Tutor as ‘transmitter of knowledge’

Tutor as an organiser of knowledge

Tutor as the expert/leader of a teaching session

Tutor as an enabler, facilitating students in their learning

 

From - To grid showing shift in students’ role required to create an active learning environment

Being passive recipients of knowledge

Active and participatory learners

Focus on answering questions

Asking questions

Being ‘spoon fed’

Taking responsibility for their own learning

Competing with one another

Collaborating with each other

Wanting to have their own say

Actively listening to views of others