Active Learning Classroom Faculty Learning Community

The cohort is limited to 20Academic Health Center (AHC) faculty participants.

This application is due by Friday, 8/17/2018.

Join a Faculty Learning Community designed to prepare you to teach in an Active Learning Classroom. Learn and share your ideas with your Academic Health Center (AHC) colleagues.

This learning community will be facilitated by the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) and is designed specifically for Academic Health Center (AHC) faculty. The cohort is limited to 20 participants.

This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) was designed to prepare AHC faculty for teaching in the new Health Sciences Education Center. Instructors who are new to teaching in an Active Learning Classroom (ALC) often have questions about how to adapt their traditional class delivery strategy to one that takes advantage of the affordances of an ALC. In this 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 AHC 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.

Program length: 8 monthly meetings throughout the 2018–19 academic year from September 2018 through May 2019.

Meeting times: Wednesdays from 3:00–4:30 p.m. The first meeting is scheduled for September 19. 

Professional Development Funds: For your successful participation, you will receive $300 in professional development funds.

Participant Outcomes

  • Implement discipline-appropriate practices for student learning in an Active Learning Classroom (ALC)
  • Design or modify a course to optimize learning in an ALC
  • Become confident teaching in an ALC
  • Develop an interdisciplinary network with other AHC faculty teaching in ALCs

Tentative schedule

Meeting  Topic
September 19, 2018 Introduction, goals, and resources
October 2018 Managing room technology, assessments, and feedback 
November 2018 Activities
December 2018 No meeting, class observation
January 2019 Class observation follow-up
February 2019 Early term feedback
March 2019 Managing students groups
April 2019 Supporting all students
May 2019 Classroom research