Thing 6: Using the web for inquiry based learning


The first 2 words that come to mind when I hear ‘Inquiry Based Learning’, are – Active and Learning, an approach which has been existent in modern teaching societies for the past 15 to 20 years. Yet, though the term has existed for so long, the question remains – How much has this been used? and if it has been used – How much positive or for that matter negative affect has this practice delivered to our teaching methods?

Let’s start by analysing what is Active Learning. Wikipedia states that, ‘ Active learning is a model of instruction that focuses the responsibility of learning on learners.’ This site goes on to define that, ‘ It was popularized in the 1990s by its appearance on the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) report (Bonwell & Eison 1991). In this report they discuss a variety of methodologies…

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