Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Active vs. passive learning, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- The quickest way to move from lower-order thinking to higher-order thinking, which will help increase your attention of information, is by being an active learner verses a passive learner. Active Learning is where you focus on applying your knowledge and participating in the learning. This could be by following along with the exercise files or reflecting in the note section on what you could do with the knowledge. The knowledge checks in this course and designed to help you actively participate in the learning and keep you from being a passive learner.
Passive learning is really common. When we simply watch a video, we are experiencing Passive Learning. We are still gaining knowledge but not necessarily skills. The skills come when we can apply what we have learned and actively use our knowledge. Many Lynda.com courses contain features to actively engage you in the learning. I highly recommend you to utilize these features, so that you can gain skills not just knowledge. Some course, however, many require you to apply your knowledge in a real life situation. For example, if you complete the speech writing course, it could be advisable to write a short speech after that course in order to practice the knowledge that you gained.
But, timing is also important. The longer you wait to apply your learinging the more time that passes before you refire those brains and apps, the less likely you're be able to recall that knowledge. Sometimes, we simply can't get away from Passive Learning. But, there are still things you can actively do to help you memorize and recall information. To dive deeper into this, check out Study Skill Fundamentals a filled course with tips and tricks for memorizing and learning, including various note taking, reviewing, and test taking techniques.
When possible, be sure that you're actively learning not just watching but doing.