Definition: Active learning engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. It emphasizes higher-order thinking and often involves group work.
1. Students in a traditional lecture course are 1.5 times more likely to fail, compared to students in courses with active learning
2. Students in active learning classes outperform those in traditional lectures on identical exams
The authors point out that, were this a medical study, an effect size this large and statistically significant would warrant stopping the study and administering the treatment to everyone in the study.
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