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From: Allison Lehr Samuels, Director, Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning
Active Learning refers to a host of instructional methods that focus on building skills, knowledge, classroom community, and critical thinking abilities through engaging students actively in the co-construction of knowledge. These links from Stanford and Cornell provide more background on active learning:
Active learning techniques can increase student performance (Freeman et al., 2014), perhaps especially for students from underrepresented backgrounds and for women in male-dominated classrooms (Tanner et al., 2016; Pennebaker and Gosling, 2014). Active learning techniques can also increase student academic confidence (Bressoud, 2015, 2016) and knowledge retention (Sridharan and Kinshuk 2003).
Applications are now being accepted for the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Active Learning Seminar. The seminar is an opportunity for faculty to work on developing an active learning approach in a course that they will be teaching in the Fall 2018 semester. The cohort will explore how active learning can contribute to a more accessible, inclusive, and just classroom community.
Over the summer, Fellows will participate in four, 2-hour long workshops on July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 7, and work toward developing a series of lesson plans that incorporate active learning methods. Fellows will learn how to incorporate “low-stakes” assessments, peer instruction, reflective activities, writing-to-learn exercises, collaborative or cooperative learning, or other methods. After the sessions, Fellows will also participate in one-on-one active learning lesson planning consultations, and then a cross-disciplinary peer teaching observation in the Fall 2018 semester. By the start of the fall semester, fellows will have developed a series of at least three lesson plans for in-person or hybrid classes that utilize an active learning strategy (for an example of these plans, please see this site).
At least one of these plans will be licensed under Creative Commons and will be made available to the public on the CTL’s Active Learning Strategies site:
Fellowships are open to all Baruch faculty members and adjunct instructors scheduled to teach at Baruch in the Fall 2018 in all departments.
Any material that faculty would like to share with us (in addition to the application) can be sent through email to email@example.com.
Application statements can address any or all of following:
- How could active learning better facilitate and promote student learning outcomes in your class?
- What are the potential limitations or barriers that you face in currently incorporating active learning?
- How do you already use active learning in your classroom, and what has been the result?
Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 15, 2018.
Seats in the seminar are limited. Acceptance will be determined by members of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Participating faculty will be given a $2,000 stipend.*
If faculty have questions, they may reach out to Allison Lehr Samuels, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Please note that the amount and timing of all compensation is contingent upon the status of the workload report. Total amount of compensation, and timing of the payment might need to be adjusted to be compliant with workload rules.
Allison Lehr Samuels
Director, Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning
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