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Active Learning and Innovative Teaching in Flexible Learning Spaces


Welcome to the MOOC Active Learning and Innovative Teaching in Flexible Learning Spaces

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The course aims to support teachers, school leaders and related stakeholders in the transition from a conventional and teacher-centered classroom into teaching practices that promote active learning with the support of flexible, innovative learning environments and the use of relevant ICT.

Participants will be introduced to the theoretical background and principles of active learning, and they will learn how to apply active learning in their own classrooms including adapting physical learning spaces. During the course, participants will also learn about learning beyond the traditional classroom and will be given the opportunity to create their own learning scenarios.

You can follow the course at your own pace. We will open one module at the beginning of each week, but there are only a few deadlines you need to pay attention to (those for the quizzes and/or the peer-review activity).

Join us in the Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #ActiveLearningMOOC.

Learning objectives

  • Become familiar with active learning and the importance of flexible, innovative learning environments.
  • Identify the challenges of a current classrooms, discuss and exchange ideas among peers on how to redesign the space and make it more dynamic.
  • Explore learning beyond the traditional classroom setting
  • Learn to create scenarios based on the principles of active learning using the online scenario tool.


The course is targeted primarily to secondary school teachers and school leaders, but it can also be relevant for other levels and other stakeholders, such as teacher trainers.


  • Module 1: Active Learning opens on 17/01/2022
  • Module 2: Dynamic Classrooms opens on 24/01/2022
  • Module 3: Learning Beyond the Classroom opens on 31/01/2022
  • Module 4: Scenario Building opens on 07/02/2022


In order to earn a course certificate, course participants need to submit their own learning scenario before the deadline and review 3 of their peers' scenarios. The overall passing grade is 95%.

The final deadline to complete all activities is 23 February 2022, 23:59 CET.

Note to teachers from Castilla y León: Si eres profesor de Castilla y León, y además del certificado de la European Schoolnet Academy, quieres recibir un certificado oficial de parte de la Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Castilla y León inscríbete en la página web del CFP Idiomas de Castilla y León

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Emilia-Romagna: Per i docenti della regione Emilia-Romagna iscritti alla piattaforma regionale è possibile ottenere, oltre all’attestato rilasciato da European Schoolnet Academy, anche l’attestato rilasciato dall’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per l'Emilia-Romagna (Servizio Marconi) che attua un'azione di facilitazione ed accompagnamento a questa attività. Maggiori informazioni al link:

Note to teachers from Ireland: It may be possible to count the completion of this course as part fulfilment of any discretionary CPD hours, subject to your school management's approval. Therefore, please enquire with your school management if your participation in this course can be formally recognised. 

Course Staff

Alexandra Almpanidou - Course Coordinator

Alexandra Almpanidou is working at European Schoolnet, contributing to lots of different projects. She has been supporting the development of professional development workshops and conferences for teachers, coordinating and moderating online courses as well as designing material for MOOCs. She is the course coordinator and moderator of the Active Learning and Innovative Teaching in Flexible Learning Spaces MOOC.

Bart Verswijvel - pedagogical expert

Bart Verswijvel is a Belgian educator and expert trainer who works as a Senior Adviser for European Schoolnet. He is an international keynote speaker and a leader of workshops, TeachMeets and Twitter chats, as well as the pedagogical lead of the Future Classroom Lab, the concept of a flexible learning space.

Behind the course

The Novigado project aims to create an active online community of educators engaged with innovating in their teaching and providing this community access to all project results, including the Active Learning Reference Framework, training handbook on active learning, guidelines on innovative learning environments, and recommendations for schools and policy-makers. The online community and the results will be linked with the European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab that provides a longlasting platform to benefit from the outcomes of this project.


The Novigado project is funded with support from the European Commission's Erasmus+ Programme. This publication/website reflects the views only of the author, and the EC cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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