Learn by doing

January 4, 2015 Ammar Mango Uncategorized

Research shows that students who learn through practice and doing retain 90% of the information they learn and build experiences around it, while passive and direct mentoring contributes to an average of 70% memory retention. That is why we adopt the “learning by doing” philosophy.

“Learning by doing” involves teaching methods that are very different from regular lectures, by making students participate in accomplishing smaller tasks in order to achieve a greater project or goal. These methodologies are highlighted through the discovery, processing and application of information acquired throughout the learning period, which is very different from traditional learning where knowledge is primarily gained through seeing powerpoint slides or listening to a lecturer.

Students learn more in active learning than in passive learning because it involves various means through which knowledge is acquired. The cycle of events in an active learning process provide tools for the students to perform these processes again and again to acquire further knowledge in a certain subject, even after the learning period is over. These tools concentrate on the concept of learning by doing versus by learning by listening + seeing which does not involve many faculties of the learner.

The base for active learning is formed by traditional knowledge; input from a lecturer or an online source, this provides the raw material with which the students can work in order to extract more information by first understanding it and then applying it in reality or in a simulation. After application, students are encouraged to analyze the results and the outcomes of their applications before synthesizing their results and findings into one final robust conclusion. Finally, the students present their processes, findings, and conclusion for their peers in a critique environment that allows them to get input and feedback concerning their procedures. This could then be repeated continuously until the students and their peers arrive to a solution and a conclusion for their subject through experiential learning.