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Active Learning in Practice: Techniques and Experiences in Information Systems Courses in Brazil

Active Learning Strategies in Higher Education

ISBN: 978-1-78714-488-0, eISBN: 978-1-78714-487-3

Publication date: 19 April 2018


The use of Active Learning (AL) techniques can significantly improve the teaching–learning process, as the content is explored in a more interactive, participative, and relaxed way. Although expositive classes are still broadly used in Brazil, in this chapter we present some AL techniques, as well as experiences of their application, used in Brazilian K-12, undergraduate, and graduate Information Systems courses. As a result, we have noticed learning has been more effective, and students have been motivated by the use of these AL techniques. Although used in the context of Information System courses, the techniques could be adapted to other scenarios.




We’d like to thank the students of the three institutions: Faculdade Metodista Granbery (undergraduate students of the Bachelor of Information Systems), Ferreira Viana State Technical School (ETEFV) (K-12 students), and Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (graduate students of the Master and PhD on Informatics – Information Systems), for their participation in the activities described in this work.


de Castro, R.M., Siqueira, S.W.M., Bastos, C.A.R. and Pfeiffer Fernandes, M.C. (2018), "Active Learning in Practice: Techniques and Experiences in Information Systems Courses in Brazil", Misseyanni, A., Lytras, M.D., Papadopoulou, P. and Marouli, C. (Ed.) Active Learning Strategies in Higher Education, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 273-292.



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