Fellowship for Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms


It is recommended that you complete the online application when you have everything ready and fill out the application form in one sitting.

Preview the application fields before applying online.

The Academic Health Center (AHC) Office of Education and the Center for Educational Innovation are pleased to announce the Fellowship for Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms (AHC ALC Fellowship).

This fellowship is designed to support AHC faculty to teach using effective pedagogical approaches in Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs). Participants will transform a required course they are currently teaching into one that maximizes the affordances of an ALC and can be taught in the new classrooms in the Health Science Education Center (HSEC).


Faculty eligible for the AHC ALC Fellowship include those that teach required courses in AHC colleges/schools/programs in the Twin Cities, Rochester, or Duluth. Individuals or faculty teams may apply.

Structure of the Fellowship

Each participant or team will identify a required course they propose for transformation to be taught in an active learning classroom. The participants will receive support and project management assistance during the academic year tailored for their particular project from a team of experts. The participants should expect to have monthly meetings with their project team.  

Important considerations for courses that are selected for active learning classroom teaching include the ability to sustainably offer the course in multiple years, a substantial increase in active learning activities, and reaching a large number of students. 

Length of Fellowship

The program will run from September 2018 – May 2019.

Participants will receive:

  • Project management support and pedagogical and academic technology expertise provided throughout the fellowship.
  • Priority scheduling in the HSEC for their transformed course.
  • $1500 in professional development funds (if a team applies, divided among the team).
  • Support as determined by the participants’ college/school/department.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Transform a required course for teaching in an HSEC ALC in the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Attend and engage in monthly meetings with their support team or other members of the fellowship cohort.
  • Showcase the results of their participation at the AHC Best Practices in Health Education Day 2019.
  • Mentor other faculty to teach in active learning environments.

Cohort size

Up to 20 faculty individuals or teams will be selected for the AHC ALC Fellowship.

Criteria for selection

The proposal should indicate or address:

  • how a majority of class time will be spent in activities that actively engage students 
  • how a majority of the activities engage students at higher cognitive levels
  • that a significant portion of information transmission will be moved out of the classroom
  • how students will work cooperatively to learn class material 
  • how students will be prepared to participate in class activities

How to apply

  • Applicants should submit an online application outlining the proposed course to transform, their goals for transformation, and their plans for transformation.
  • Applicants are required to submit a letter of support from their department chair or dean. This letter of support can be uploaded in the online application.  If applying as a team, a letter is needed from each team member’s department chair/dean.
  • It is recommended that you complete the online application when you have everything ready and fill out the application form in one sitting. Preview the application fields before applying online


Application deadline

Friday, June 1, 2018. Selected participants will be announced in July, 2018.