Grades, attendance improve when students lead learning

From Academica Top Ten

 Sep 20, 2013

“Allowing students to lead university seminars can improve both attendance and results, reveals a pilot study out of the Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. When only 50% of their students showed up to finance lessons at AvansU, academics decided to invite students to lead the teaching of finance seminars in 2 classes. Lecturers remained present only in a supervisory role. The study found that with students taking over the classroom, attendance rates increased from 55% to 96%, and that 86% of students passed the finance exam at the first attempt, compared with 79% of those who remained in teacher-led classes. Due to the experiment’s success, AvansU has decided to expand the study. Times Higher Education