Participatory teaching

Participatory teaching is a way of organizing learning environments that motivate learners to participate in the act of teaching and a peer-based learning process. From an inclusive teaching and learning viewpoint, participatory teaching enables different voices to be heard and many kinds of perspectives to be included.

Varied teaching methods

Participatory teaching and learning has many forms and methods. The more interactive and participatory the method, the greater is the degree of involvement, inclusion and student motivation. Participatory methods should be adapted to the audience, bearing in mind that there are also students who shy away of active participation and openness towards peers.

Participatory teaching methods include methods such as flipped classrooms, case studies, problem solving, mini-projects, short-term tasks, formal presentations, debates, panel discussions, tutorials, practical work sessions, workshops, role-play, multimedia sessions, simulations, study visits, blended learning, etc.

Here we present two tested and well-functioning learning activities that are not teacher-driven but draw on the participants’ diverse experiences and perspectives.

World-café (See Staff engagement > Leadership)

Fishbowl discussions (See Staff engagement > Team work)