I always believe that students learn when they are willing to learn and to take the responsibility of learning. However, it does not mean that the role of the instructor is not important. I think instructors still play an important role in students' journey of learning. Instead of training students to be passive learners, instructors build an environment where students are eager to learn actively, facilitate students to think and explore, and create opportunities for students to transfer what they learned in class to real life situations.
Here are two articles on key principles and strategies of active learning from Faculty Focus written by Maryellen Weimer. You may want to take a look at these principles and strategies and see if any of them fit in your teaching style and your students' learning needs.
The articles are here:
Five Key Principles of Active Learning
Active-Learning Ideas for Large Classes: Simple to Complexhttp://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/active-learning-ideas-for-large-classes-simple-to-complex/