Interactive learning is a pedagogical model that encourages students to be part of the lesson instead of passive observers, quietly sitting at a desk taking notes or memorizing information. Students interact with the material, each other and the teacher in an active way. This teaching model is learner-centered rather than teacher-centered, encouraging imagination and strengthening the students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Creating Active Learners

Interactive learning can take many forms in the classroom. Hands-on group projects, lessons using technology, class discussions and simulations replace traditional lecture-based instruction. One example of an interactive learning model is called the "flipped classroom," in which basic information is studied at home -- usually through readings or videos -- and then classroom time is spent on lively discussions and assigned projects. This reverses the model of lecture classes and then solitary homework, allowing the teacher to act as a resource and guide while the students work together to solve problems and discover answers.