Passive learning or traditional learning is a method of learning where the student receives information from the teacher or an instructor, and this way is expected to gain new skills.

Some common forms of passive learning are lectures, masterclasses, and educational videos.

Passive learning has several drawbacks:

  • teacher-centered structure
  • non-interactive learning
  • lack of experience with real-world problems
  • not enough practice
  • slow progress

The only substantial benefits of passive learning are convenience and accessibility. You can listen to a programming lecture while commuting to work, or you can watch an educational video while eating dinner.

Unfortunately, it’s not as effective as active learning.