Aristotle once said, "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them."
"We are not teaching skills; we are activating neurology." - Daniel Kish
Active Learning is an approach developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen to aid visually impaired and deafblind individuals develop tactile skills and build foundational skills in other critical cognitive, physical and emotional development. Based on typical child development, this approach targets individuals of all ages who function under a developmental age of 3 when real learning only takes place by "doing". To learn more about this approach, explore the resources listed on this page.
Dame Lilli Nielsen
Active Learning Theory was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen, sibling of and teacher to individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness in Denmark. Her approach has been widely used throughout Texas, the nation and the world to address learning for these children.
In an effort to promote the use of Active Learning theory with students who are visually impaired, visually and multiply impaired or deafblind, Outreach Programs has collected relevant articles and information to share with professionals and family members. What follows is a listing of training events, articles, books, videos, websites, and other materials on this approach.
Learn the fundamentals of Active Learning Theory for students with visual and multiple impairments. Using this approach will move your students from passive to active learners utilizing enriched interaction techniques and environments designed for each stage of their development. Participants will learn to infuse IEP learning objectives throughout the day's activities, choose appropriate materials and adaptations and how to design the environment for success. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. For more information, or to register, go to http://www.escweb.net/tx_esc_04/catalog/session.aspx?sessionId=921509.
An Introduction to Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning
This article discusses some of the basic strategies of Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning Theory.
Incorporating Active Learning Theory into Activity Routines
This article focuses on Phase IV and V of Lilli Nielsen's five educational phases of educational treatment outlined in her book, Are You Blind?, and how the Active Learning principles can be incorporated into activity routines.
Five Phases of Educational Treatment Used in Active Learning
This article focuses on five phases of educational approaches that teachers are to use in working with children if they are using an Active Learning theory approach. It summarizes the information first published as part of Dr. Nielsen's book, Are You Blind?