Essential Skills in Active Facilitation of Active Learning (eSAFAL)

Enroll in our ‘Essential Skills in Active Facilitation of Active Learning (ESAFAL)’ course. It is a MEA CEED recognised blended learning course for academics to design and facilitate active learning in line with the Monash Focus Education Agenda specific for school programme outcomes. The course provides opportunities for academic staff to explore the promise and potential benefits of using Active Learning techniques in the classroom and model ways for faculty to transform students  from passive listeners to active learners. There are FIVE  subtopics  in the course. The  sub-topics will be used to: demonstrate active learning strategies that faculty can use with their students; model these strategies in the F2F session so that faculty can see them in action; use the strategies to empower faculty to take greater accountability for their teaching effectiveness. The course also offers an insight into how an active learning approach can be used to strengthen the interconnection between teaching and learning within Arts, Business, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Sciences.

Do you want to…

facilitate teaching and learning approaches to influence, motivate and inspire students to engage in active learning in a range of educational settings?

build up your students’  existing knowledge and understanding through pre-class activities in order to achieve deeper levels of understanding incorporated through in-class and post-class activities and thus achieving the higher order thinking skills (HOTS) of Bloom’s Taxonomy?

apply digital technologies, particularly, social media tools and video to reinforce community learning through discussion, collaboration, and purposeful discourse?

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Target audience

  • Educators or academic staff from local or international universities

Module hours

  • Each of the five topics consists of 3 hours of F2F session and 3 hours of online activities. Hence, the total learning hours will be 5 x 6 hours = 30 hours.


  • Dr Arkendu Sen
  • Dr Amuthageetha Nagarajan
  • Eric TS. Tan

Co Facilitators

  • Dr Jonathan Driskell (School of Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Adlina Ahmad (School of Business)
  • Dr Rajendran Parthiban (School of Engineering)
  • Dr Anuja Dharmaratne (School of IT)
  • Dr Najnin, Lecturer (Clinical School Johor Bahru)

Learning outcomes

Topic 1: Active Facilitation And Implementing Active Learning strategies

  • Review understanding of Active Learning and Active Facilitation strategies
  • Develop skills to conduct  active learning sessions and implement active learning Pedagogies for small groups for future teaching practice.
Topic 2: Planning & Designing For Enhancing/Transforming Your Unit through Pre-, In-& Post-Class Activities
  • Identify  areas of a unit that have potential for active learning.
  • Develop complex learning activities such as peer-led team learning and problem based learning using Bloom's taxonomy
  • Design an active learning lesson planner with learning activities that influence and enhance collaborative thinking in the Pre-class, In-Class and Post-class environments

Topic 3: Designing learning activities for Engaging Students in Large Classes

  • Differentiate convergent and divergent questioning techniques and design appropriate divergent questions that stimulate and develop collaborative thinking in discussions.
  • apply strategies to build interaction and collaboration (student-student, student-content, student-facilitator)  among students in large classes
  • use educational technologies and tools to facilitate active learning in large classes

Topic 4: Flipping Your Classroom Through Blended Learning To Maximize The Student Experience

  • Transform traditional lecturing sessions by flipping your classroom using active blended learning approaches
  • Use digital technologies for peer-learning and and peer-assessment to maximize student experience
  • Formulate and apply strategies to get students actively involved in pre-class activities (online) for the flipped classroom

Topic 5: Effective use of videos in Active Learning

  • Apply various technological tools available for creating interactive videos to support Active Learning.
  • Integrate interactive videos with other learning activities in a lesson plan to support active learning.