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 (1926-2013)
Dame Lilli Nielsen passed away in June of 2013 only days after the Active Learning Conference in Houston. We honor her life and work and mourn her passing.
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.
A series of webinars focusing on Active Learning will take place during the 2014-15 school year. Individuals who are currently using Active Learning at home and in school settings as well as those who are considering including Active Learning approaches, are encouraged to join in to these interactive webinars.
The basis of our discussion will be Dr. Neilsen's book, Early Learning Step-by-Step, and we will reference other of her books such as Space and Self, The Comprehending Hand, and the Functional Scheme assessment and FIELA Curriculum. All of these books are available through Lilliworks at www.lilliworks.com. If you are unable to purchase these books, handouts will be shared at each of these webinars that will give you some of the basics of this approach to support your participation.
All of the webinars will take place between 3 and 4 PM. The dates for these webinars are listed below:
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?