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Active Learning

Active learning is a teaching and learning approach which enables students to build a deeper understanding of their studies.

This approach encourages interactivity, as it goes beyond the traditional teaching method of a student simply listening to a lecture or reading a textbook. Bringing activities with technology into the classroom allows students to become engaged in the learning process, and works well in both large and small groups.

The University of Reading applies the approach of active learning within certain programmes, and work with Schools and Departments to support the ongoing application of this teaching style.


Some examples of how to apply active learning within an education environment include:

  • Group discussions
  • Student presentations
  • Experiments
  • Quizzes
  • Problem-solving
  • Roleplay.