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The Active Learning Manual is a collection of techniques for facilitators of active learning:
teachers, trainers, consultants, coaches and anyone who helps people learn from what they do.
These videos show you how to keep participants motivated and involved when you are facilitating active learning.

When viewing these videos, notice who is using, holding, making or moving the various communication aids.

You will see that these aids are tools for participants to use - once you have demonstrated how they work.

Roger Greenaway's introduction to active learning


This video shows participants performing action replays of the most interesting or most critical moments. They use a dummy remote control and a dummy microphone to bring out more information, or to ask challenging questions of each other.

Another useful story-telling aid is Moving Stones. This method helps people talk about how a group changes over time. People touch and move the stones as they tell their story. Moving Stones improves the quality of communication about how a group (or team) grows and develops.


Part of the first video shows how holding onto a rope keeps everyone connected. The knots moving round the circle give everyone frequent opportunities to speak up and join in.

In fact, ropes have many uses in active learning. Another example is Storyline where the storyteller creates a wiggly timeline showing their ups and downs. The storyteller then walks along their rope while telling their story. This method helps to make everyone a better storyteller.

For improving the quality of group discussions you can use 'Where Do You Stand?'. Participants show where they stand on an issue by choosing their place on a curved spectrum. After talking with a friendly neighbour, everyone is well prepared for a lively group discussion – during which everyone's point of view is clearly visible.

Another lively group discussion method is Turntable. This method allows people to view things from two or three different perspectives. Everyone gets a chance to speak on all sides of the discussion as they move around the circle.

You can even use active methods for feedback. Spokes, for example, starts with each person rating their own performance by how far they move along a spoke towards the centre of a giant wheel. People who seem to have undervalued their performance are invited by others to move closer to the centre of the wheel. This invitation to move in is a powerful form of positive feedback.

As you can see (in the first video above) active learning uses many senses, skills and intelligences. Active learning makes learning more inclusive, while also developing everyone's learning skills. Active learning helps people learn more, and remember more. It also makes the transfer of learning far more likely.

Future editions of the Active Learning Manual will help you grow and develop your own toolkit – whether you are an active learner or a facilitator of active learning – or a bit of both.

New videos and other developments will be announced in my free monthly newsletter: Active Reviewing Tips.

For more examples of active learning methods see
Roger Greenaway's Active Reviewing Guide

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