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Teaching in an Active Learning Classroom Faculty Learning Community

Instructors who are new to teaching in an Active Learning Classroom (ALC) often have questions about how to increase student learning in the space. In this Faculty Learning Community (FLC), participants will join fellow instructors in a year-long cohort where they will explore instructional approaches and course design strategies to make the most of these classrooms. FLC participants will learn discipline-appropriate practices for teaching in an ALC from Center for Educational Innovation staff and experienced U of M colleagues who have successfully taught in these spaces. Participants will attend six meetings throughout the year, observe experienced faculty teaching in an ALC, and reflect on their own teaching. With assistance from facilitators from the CEI and our University partners, they will design or modify curriculum to increase learning in these unique classrooms. Participants will be eligible for $500 in professional development funds upon successful completion of the program. Applications are now being accepted.  Twelve participants will be accepted into the program.  Apply.

Participant Outcomes:

●     Implement discipline-appropriate practices for student learning in an ALC

●     Design or modify a course to optimize learning in an ALC

●     Become confident teaching in an ALC

●     Know who to contact for support teaching in an ALC

●     Develop an interdisciplinary network with others teaching in ALCs

Tentative schedule

All meetings take place from 3:00 – 4:30. All meetings( except February 1st) take place in 135B Ruttan Hall on the St. Paul campus.

August: Individual consultations

September 14: Challenges, solutions, and course design principles

October 12: Technology

November 16: Class observation discussion and identify goals for the Spring    

December: No meeting, work on syllabus and identify resources

January: No meeting, work on syllabus and identify resources

February 1: Early term feedback

March 1: Classroom research

April 12: Teamwork


For more information,  contact Christina Petersen or Paul Baepler at the Center for Educational Innovation.


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