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Blog 23-09-2020

How to turn a boring lecture into a party

Communication, collaboration and solving problems are what your students need today to be successful. However, actively engaging students in the lectures is a profession in itself, you know that better than anyone. In the lecture halls, it often remains quiet when you ask a question. Students suddenly look very carefully at their notes or they hide behind their laptops. Another failed attempt to interact and eventually, you just give them the answer yourself.

We see a lot of change within education, and so is the way of teaching. Today, talking louder, writing bigger and using grand gestures is no longer enough (although, sometimes these things still want to help). Students prefer to reread texts themselves, mark the most important concepts and perhaps make a summary, the well-known passive learning, but is this effective? May active learning be the solution for your students?

Active learning, say what?

Active learning is becoming increasingly popular. Your students really get to work with active learning, they use their brains, solve problems and apply the knowledge you have given them. Instead of sitting back, they start doing things where they have to think about the things they do. The (otherwise boring) lectures become much more alive, the material that is treated will stick much better and, with a bit of luck, those study results will also increase. 

1. The material sticks better

Asking your students if they know anything about the previous lecture? You know you absolutely don't have to try that. Students remember only 10% of what they read and only 20% of what they hear. No wonder you can give the answer yourself every time. You won't believe it, but students remember 90% of what they DO. Students often put their ideas into practice and work together. Why not start active learning right away? Not bad either, the material sticks better, so better study results (win-win).

2. Developing various skills

Collaboration is one of the most important aspects of active learning. You see more and more organisations that often work together in a team. Your students should be able to do that too, right? Fortunately, with active learning, your students develop various skills that they need to be able to work well with others.

3. Interaction and engagement

Students who actively learn are actively engaged in your lectures and presentations. Whether they need to solve a problem, discuss a topic or research something. Your students immerse themselves in the material and come up with new ideas. Would you like to know how you put your students to work and ensure interaction and engagement? We've listed the best active learning methods for you.

Looking for even more interaction?

An interactive touchscreen is the ultimate tool to engage your students during your lectures. It is an ideal way to brainstorm, present, demonstrate and experiment together. With an interactive touchscreen, students can pull content from the internet. Annotate on top of slides to highlight key points. Add video and audio clips. And so much more. The result? Your students are actively engaged with the material and they are stimulated to work together. You also show the material in a way that you are sure will appeal to your students. Even the most boring lectures and presentations turn into a party. We are sure that with a CTOUCH touchscreen, your students will no longer hide behind their laptops!

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