Active Learning Strategies

By Icy D’Silva, J. Christopher Hall and Yoshinori Mine.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Since time immemorial teaching has been at the forefront of learning. However, with changing times, paradigm shifts have propelled teaching and learning as intricately interwoven entities of the educational matrix. University education goes a step further in emphasizing life-long learning as a key component to satisfy the human urge to know. As a practice focus since September 2006 at the University of Guelph in Canada, Food Science Graduate Students have been participating in active learning. Educational, recreational, social, and cultural activities have been strategically designed to be pivotal to active learning. With increasing active learning strategies there is an increasing trend towards active mutual teaching, interaction, performance, effectiveness, and an accompanied sense of well-being. Motivation further increased the rate of participation and accelerated the positive outcomes. The practice focus is on-going with strategically designed active learning functioning as a critical determinant of the factual trends towards positive outcomes for life-long learning.

Keywords: Active Learning Strategies, Life-Long Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.67-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.301MB).

Icy D’Silva

Graduate Student, Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Icy D’Silva (A.K.A. Ida Iris Icy D’Silva) earned her Master of Science degree studying “Anti-Lipopolysaccharide Antibody-Mediated Disease Resistance against Pseudomonas aeruginosa O6ad in Tobacco” with Professor J. Christopher Hall as her Mentor and Advisor, from the University of Guelph (Canada) renowned for its excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Icy is presently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate with Professor Yoshinori Mine as Advisor, in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, and she is developing recombinant molecules and studying them as agents of resistance against egg allergy. Her expertise in biology has been widely chronicled and she has contributed to a number of academic journals, articles and book chapters. Icy enthusiastically participates in innumerable opportunities offered by the University of Guelph. Icy is a University of Guelph-Ontario Agricultural College-Graduate Student Senator, and a University of Guelph-Department of Food Science-Graduate Students’ Representative. Icy is equally active in serving the Guelph and Canadian community in particular, as well as the World community at large. Icy is an avid reader and writer.

Prof. J. Christopher Hall

Research Chair, Recombinant Antibody Technology, Environmental Biology, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Professor J. Christopher Hall is a Faculty member in the Department of Environmental Biology of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. Prof. Hall holds the Canada Research Chair in Recombinant Antibody Technology, and is the recipient of a number of awards. Prof. Hall is an alumnus of the University of Guelph (Canada) having earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in the late 1970's and in 1980, respectively. Prof. Hall earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Alberta (Canada) in 1985. Since being a Faculty member in the Department of Environmental Biology, Prof. Hall has established international reputation in the development of recombinant antibodies for a wide variety of molecules, as well as in herbicide physiology/biochemistry.

Prof. Yoshinori Mine

Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Professsor Yoshinori Mine is a Faculty member in the Department of Food Science of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. Prof. Mine is the recipient of a number of awards, including The Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology (Canada). Prof. Mine earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Shinshu University (Japan) in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Prof. Mine earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Tokyo University (Japan) in 1993. Prof. Mine has established international reputation in gut health and immunity, including food allergy.

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