Active learning is when you immediately try solving a problem without theoretical preparation. You search for the necessary theory to the extent that’s required to solve the task at hand.
Active learning differs from passive learning, where the students get a block of theory and then (hopefully) do exercises designed to practice that theory.
The benefits of active learning are:
- improved understanding
- adaptability and flexibility
- better problem-solving skills
- preparation for real-world scenarios
- faster learning
One of the most famous examples of organizations that rely on active learning is the US Navy SEALs. Their philosophy is rooted in the belief that hands-on, experiential learning is crucial for preparing individuals for the complex and demanding tasks they may face in their roles.