Interactive learning education is a hands-on teaching approach that prompts students to learn by interacting with course materials through videos, active discussions, and online games and activities. Interactive learning is often referred to as a "flipped classroom" because it engages students through both classroom strategies and online instruction, as opposed to the traditional lecture.
Teachers and students become partners in the learning process with interactive learning education. The holistic approach is designed to teach students to seek out information in order to understand the concepts and engage in discussions with their peers and instructors to discover answers to subject-related questions.
Traditional lectures may still exist with interactive learning models, but the lecture materials are provided as a supplement to classroom activities and moved online for students to reference outside of the classroom. Classroom time is used for discussing the materials, engaging in activities with teams and completing class projects. Students often have the option to pace their learning and work ahead with an interactive learning model. The focus of this teaching approach is to free up classroom time to engage in experimental learning that may include a lab for a chemistry class, a collaboratively written play during an English course or a game revolving around math concepts in an algebra or math class.