Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Active vs. passive learning, part of Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning.
- The quickest way to move from lower order thinking to higher order thinking, which will help you increase your retention of information is by being an active learner. Now, active learning is where you focus on applying your knowledge and participating in the learning that's taking place. This could be by following along with the exercise files or reflecting in your notes about what it is that you're learning and the knowledge that you're gaining. The knowledge checks and assessments in LinkedIn learning are designed to help you actively participate in the learning and keep you from being a passive learner.
Now passive learning is really common. When we simply watch a video, we're experiencing passive learning. We're still gaining knowledge, but not necessarily skills. The skills come when we can apply what we have learned and actively use our knowledge. Many LinkedIn learning courses contain features to actively engage you in the learning and I highly recommend that you utilize these features so that you can gain skills, not just knowledge. Some courses, however, may 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 that knowledge that you just gained. Now, timing is also really important. The longer you wait to apply your learning, the more time that passes before your brain refires those synopses and the less likely you'll be to recall that information in the future. Sometimes, we simply can't get away from passive learning, but there are things that you can actively do to help you memorize and recall information. To dive deeper into this, check out the Study Skills Fundamental course, which is filled 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.
- Finding the right skills to learn
- Making a learning game plan
- Knowing your learning style
- Making learning stick
- Adding certificates to your profile
Skill Level Beginner
What was changed when the course was updated 02//09/2017?
Updates were made to the following topics: malleable intelligence, setting a learning goal, active vs. passive learning, and joining the online conversation.