Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Apply Now for the 2014 Active Learning Fellowship.

With our first fellowship successfully under our belt, it's time to think about the next group of  educators interested in rethinking their courses around active learning. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 18, 2014 and attendance will be required during the summer workshop. (July 14-18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Details below:

Workshop dates: July 14-18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (attendance required at all sessions)

Expectations: Faculty who are awarded the fellowship are expected to develop or redesign a semester-long course so that it utilizes the active learning pedagogies and integrates these into the course curriculum. Faculty must deliver that course in the 2014-2015 academic year, participate in a learning community, participate in assessment of the course and commit to delivering the course at least one more time in the next two years.

Benefits: Faculty who participate in the fellowship will implement active learning strategies and relevant academic technologies in a course to integrate collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving in a student-centered learning environment. They will receive assistance with the assessment of effectiveness of the techniques used and will receive priority scheduling for use of newly updated and remodeled classroom spaces.

Stipend: A stipend will be created for each faculty member who participates in the active learning fellowship program.

Applicant requirements: Any faculty member with a continuing appointment may apply.

Application due date: Before 5:00 PM on Friday, April 18, 2014.

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For additional information contact us at your convenience.

Monday, March 10, 2014

2014 Active Learning Symposium: You're Invited

You’ve probably heard about flipped classrooms and other types of active learning environments. Would you like to learn more about how you can get students actively involved in your classes? Would you like to have a voice in designing and redesigning learning spaces? If so, please join faculty, students, and faculty support staff on March 19, 2014, to celebrate one year of active learning and teaching at Case Western Reserve University!

Case Western Reserve began an active learning initiative more than one year ago to explore active learning across the curriculum. As part of the initiative, two classrooms were redesigned to promote active learning, including flexible furniture, multiple shared writing surfaces, and state-of-the-art collaborative technologies. In addition, a faculty fellowship was created, with 12 faculty selected to design or redesign a course using active learning pedagogies and technologies.

Fellows taught in a range of classrooms, from the newly redesigned spaces to more traditional large, tiered classrooms. Each of the courses approached active learning from the perspective of academic discipline, number of students enrolled, and the learning space, which lead to numerous examples of how active learning can be accomplished.

We are currently in the process of redesigning two additional learning spaces, tweaking others, and selecting another round of fellows.

Join us on March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center Ballroom, to learn more and find out how you can get involved in Case Western Reserve’s active learning initiative and benefit from services offered to faculty. During the event, you will:

  • Hear faculty and student stories related to active learning
  • Help design new learning spaces and share feedback on your classrooms
  • Share your thoughts about the future of education at Case Western Reserve
  • Learn more about the technologies faculty and students use in an active learning environment
  • Experience what it is like to be in an active learning environment, including getting familiar with the furniture and technologies used in active learning spaces 
Lunch will be served at the event. Please register no later than Friday, March 14, and join us on March 19 in the Thwing Ballroom! You can register here: http://cwru-activelearn2014.eventbrite.com

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Class in Session

One of our Active Learning Fellows and her first class of the semester.