Educator-in-Residence Programme (EiRP)

EiRP facilitates active exchanges between the NUS academic community and distinguished educators from around the world

Active Learning: From Practice to Theory


As universities worldwide increasingly give more attention to teaching than ever in the past and move towards a student-centred approach to pedagogy, active learning has today become a central concept in higher education circles, and the expectation increasingly is that it should inform our educational practice. This workshop aims to demonstrate the concept and encourage participants to reflect on practice to arrive at a theoretical framework for supporting it. The workshop also aims to clarify the relevance of active learning in today’s higher education environments and its applicability, even in large-group teaching contexts. The workshop will end with a brief reflection on the role of learning technology in support of a pedagogical culture that aims to put the student at the centre of teaching in a meaningful and helpful way.


The workshop has been designed for academics who are new or relatively new to higher education pedagogy, in any subject area. However, it may also be of more general interest to those who want to refresh and reflect on their current teaching practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  • Articulate and critique the relationship between practice and theory in active learning
  • Reflect on a number of practical techniques for active learning
  • Formulate the relevance of active learning for current higher education contexts
  • Sketch the role of learning technology as an aid for active learning


Roberto Di Napoli
Associate Professor in Higher Education,
Kingston University London (UK)