Active Learning Blog

Active learning blog

The Active Learning Blog created by the Novigado project focuses on active learning, innovative learning spaces and integration of ICT in present and future classrooms and schools. In this blog we will read stories written by the project partners, Future Classroom Ambassadors, FCL network labs, teacher trainers, invited experts, etc. If you would like to submit a story to be published, please send it to



Active Learning: a reflective and thoughtful way of constructing meaning

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Novigado invited different stakeholders to respond to the two questions: How should active learning look like in a school? What would you recommend to teachers? Here, Münevver Cesur, project coordinator and teacher trainer at the Ministry of National Education, as well as Directorate General for Teacher Training and Development in Turkey, shares his perspective on how active learning should look like in schools.

As Münevver describes, learning is a process of making meaning. It is not only the process of acquiring new understanding and knowledge on a topic, but also acquiring new behaviours, skills, values, attitudes and preferences. For that reason, active learning environments need to be provided and these levels of understanding facilitated by teachers, along with more opportunities and interactions which encourage deeper learning in the schools.

Many educators would agree that an ordinary discussion or an assignment in the class is not enough anymore. The 21st century skills need high-order skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation to keep up with the novelties in this era.  That means that students should be at the centre and engaged in learning. Rather than being passive recipients of information, students should be engaged in meaningful and scaffolded hands-on activities and learn in a reflective and a thoughtful way. Moreover, Münevver gives some key aspects of creating deeper learning in active school environments. Two of them are, giving more feedback rather that instructions and choosing meaningful questions for meaningful activities.

Read the full article of Münevver Cesur to discover which are the other aspects that are at the heart of what makes active learning effective and are of critical importance. For those teachers who want to apply active learning strategies in their school, this article can be used as a tool since it indicates more that 30 practical ways to encourage active learning in classroom discussions and collaborative learning groups.

Key Info

  • Funding: Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 2 (School Education - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices)
  • Start time: 01-12-2019
  • Duration: 30 months
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