2.2 Glossary of teaching approaches

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2.2 Glossary of teaching approaches
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Teaching methods emphasizing groupwork

Collaborative learning Students learn in small groups
Cognitive apprenticeship Students learn from and with an expert
Communities of practice Students learn in a large (online) group
Reciprocal teaching Students learn by teaching each other
Socratic instruction Students learn by argumentation

Teaching methods emphasizing student research

Inquiry-based learning Students learn by experimenting
Model-based learning Students learn with computer models
Design-based learning Students learn by creating products

Teaching methods emphasizing reflection-on-action

Game-based learning Students learn from playing serious games
Experiential learning Students learn by reflecting on concrete experiences
Action research Students learn by reflecting on group-based investigations

Teaching methods emphasizing out-of-class activities

Mobile learning Students learn with mobile electronic devices
Flipped classroom Students learn at home and in class

Teaching methods emphasizing authentic problem solving

Problem-based learning Students learn by solving authentic problems
Project-based learning Students learn by working on authentic projects
Emancipatory learning Students learn solving social problems through the use of ICT
Storyline approach Students learn by experiencing and following a storyline









For every teaching approach scenario or lesson plan templates are available. Links to these templates are provided additionally to the teaching approach descriptions. These templates can be used when creating your own scenario or lesson plan in the ODS authoring tool. To use the authoring tool you should be member of a community. To become member of a community, read the manuals in Toolbox section 3.1 User manuals. For more information on the authoring process read the Toolbox section 2.1 Course planning support materials.