Active Learning Spaces in Schools and Higher Education


In today’s world, globalization, technological and demographic changes make necessary and essential lifelong learning, while it is cooperative, global and universal. To achieve this challenge, is strongly required that schools and universities radically transform their educational systems and meet the demands to acquire the twenty-first century competencies. However, this can not be achieved without the necessary facilities (both, physical and virtual), the inclusion of the appropriate Pedagogy and technology, recognizing that people learn in different ways, motivating the students and accepting that learning is an inherent part of the daily life, therefore, permanent. This paper describes the importance of implementing Active Learning Spaces (formal and informal) in schools and Higher Education Institutions, which is justified through the collaborative Pedagogy, the needs and requirements of today's students, the involvement of educational technology and the use of Internet as a platform. Besides, it also presents the inclusion and adoption of these Active Learning Spaces by Mariano Galvez University (UMG), and its use by teachers and students.

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Alvaro Torres, Mariano Galvez University, Guatemala
Paulo Castro, Mariano Galvez University, Guatemala

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Conference: ECTC2014
Stream: Future Classrooms

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