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Kimberly Tanner gives a presentation at the 2018 RALS
The Active Learning Community is now accepting presentation proposals for this May's Rutgers Active Learning Symposium. In addition to a keynote presentation from a visiting national leader in active learning, this all-day event held during the week of May 20th will highlight presentations from members of the Rutgers and larger high education communities sharing their research, experiences, and use of active learning. Faculty and staff at Rutgers and beyond are invited to submit ideas for presentations, workshops, poster sessions, and panel discussions. Visit the 2019…

Participants in the Dean of Fun at the 2018 Rutgers Active Learning Symposium.
The Active Learning Community workshop schedule kicks off on September 26th and includes five sessions where you can explore different approaches to active learning led by Rutgers faculty and instructional design teams.  At Become the Dean of Fun, a popular session from last year’s Symposium, attendees will learn how to turn learning objectives into custom classroom games.  Active Learning Design Sprint is a chance to work through your specific class challenge using the d.School’s framework for design thinking.  Our third session will tackle how to grade collaborative work in ways that enhance rather…

As the way that students learn evolves, so must the modern classroom. This semester, Rutgers-New Brunswick has made giant strides toward this goal with the introduction of four brand-new, state-of-the-art Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs).  The ALCs are designed to facilitate interaction, collaboration, and other approaches to learning through which students can work with ideas and one another. Among these new rooms are two Interactive Lecture Halls and two Active Learning Classrooms. Our newest Interactive Lecture Halls-Richard Weeks Hall 102 and Chemistry and Chemical Biology 1309-are designed to accommodate large classes in which…

If your students work in groups or on projects that require work space or movement, finding the right classroom can be essential to your teaching. While some traditional classrooms have tablet arm chairs or fixed furniture that create obstacles to active learning, other general-purpose classrooms are more amenable to such classes. ​ Active Learning Classrooms and Interactive Lecture Halls are tailor-made for this type of learning and can be requested using a Course Information Form.  However, you may need a space in a different…

The biggest event on the ALC calendar each year is the upcoming Rutgers Active Learning Symposium. The event, the third annual, is on Tuesday, May 15 in the Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue Campus. This year's symposium will feature another national expert on teaching and learning in higher education. Dr. Kimberly Tanner of San Francisco State University will give the keynote presentation as well as an afternoon workshop. Colleagues from Rutgers and other local institutions will take part in presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions. There will be additional time to connect with like-minded colleagues at breakfast…