Class Observations

The best way to learn about active learning is often to see it in action. Fortunately, there are many faculty utilizing effective active learning techniques here at Rutgers. In the interest of providing a way for faculty to witness active learning and help develop methods through peer dialogue, the Active Learning Community offers opportunities for faculty to observe classes. The below instructors welcome their colleagues to sit in on their classes that are designed around active learning techniques and often use collaborative spaces. If you would like to observe a class, please contact the instructor listed directly to coordinate a convenient time. If you would like to invite your colleagues to attend your class, just let us know.

Connecting Advanced Mathematics to High School Content

John Kerrigan

Science & Engineering Resources Center 204, Tuesdays, 5-7:40pm

John helps students understand concepts through the use of math education software and games. To visit this class, contact him directly.

Digital Signal Processing

Waheed Bajwa

Richard Weeks Hall 105, Tuesdays & Fridays, 8:40-10am

Waheed utilizes several active learning techniques in this Electrical and Computer Engineering course. His class may be especially useful for faculty who want to learn more about introducing active learning in large lecture halls. Contact Waheed if you would like to sit in on a class.

Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning

John Kerrigan

Ruth Adams Building 208, Wednesdays, 5:35-8:35pm

This class utilizes various active learning techniques, including case studies, games, Google Doc collaboration, and fishbowl activities. Contact John to arrange an observation.

Financial Aspects of Health Administration

Michael McDonough

Rutgers Academic Building AB 4450, Mondays, 4:30-5:50pm

This course on the financial management tools used for various health care delivery settings utilizes group work and case studies in an Active Learning Classroom. If you are interested in observe this class, contact Michael directly.

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Christine Cahill

Rutgers Academic Building 4400, Mondays & Thursdays, 11:30am-12:50pm

This class offers a good opportunity to see how a room designed for active learning can be leveraged to create a collaborative and engaged learning environment. Contact Christine to coordinate a time to stop by.

Introduction to Logic

Justin Kalef

Rutgers Academic Building 4225, Tuesdays, 9:50-11:10am

This class is based on mastery grading.  Students have the option of taking a Friday exam, progressing to harder levels-and a higher grade for the semester-each time they successfully complete one. Tuesday class meetings are completely unstructured opportunities for students to work collaboratively through various problems in preparation for the Friday assessments. Without required participation or even attendance, students are motivated by the difficulty of the exams to help one another master concepts.  The result is a fluid class environment in which students set their own agenda, using various components of the active learning room to aid their work.  The instructor and his Learning Assistants let students work at their own pace and in their own ways, observing until a group requests help. If you would like to observe this class, please contact Justin directly

Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

Christine Cahill

Rutgers Academic Building 4400, Mondays & Thursdays, 8:10-9:30am

This class offers a good opportunity to see how a room designed for active learning can be leveraged to create a collaborative and engaged learning environment. Contact Christine to coordinate a time to stop by.


Tatiana Rodriguez

Bloustein Building 261, Tuesdays, 9:50am-12:50pm

Leadership is designed to enhance student understanding of organizations, their culture and behaviors, as well as encourage systemic thinking, relationship building, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Role playing, leadership exercises, and engagement techniques enhance student understanding of emotional intelligence and enhance their self confidence. Contact Tatiana if you would like to observe a meeting of this class.

Multiphysics Simulations

Jon Singer

Richard Weeks Hall 206 (Mondays)& Engineering D110, (Wednesdays), 1:40-3pm

This class is designed to be taught by one faculty member and one instructor across two classroom simultaneously. Students in ENG D110 engage with a programming tutorial while students in RWH 206 participate in a discussion. Video lectures are viewed out of class. If you are interested in observing this class, contact Jon directly.

Muslim Spain

Richard Serrano

Tillett Hall 111, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:40-3pm

Richard uses active learning pedagogy to get students to teach themselves a topic on which they know nothing. Observing his class will also give you an opportunity to see a classroom designed for flexible use and configurations. To coordinate a visit, contact Richard directly.  

Organic Chemistry

Christine Altinis-Kiraz, Denise Cullerton, & John Taylor

Richard Weeks Hall 206, Thursdays, 8:40–10:00am
Tillett Hall 204, Thursdays, 1:40–3:00 pm
Chemistry & Chemical Biology 1209, Thursdays, 8:10–9:30 pm
Rutgers Academic Building 4450, Fridays, 9:50–11:10 am
Rutgers Academic Building 4450, Fridays, 11:30am–12:50 pm

The organic chemistry lecture course has multiple formats for the associated recitation session: traditional small recitations, large problem solving sessions, and active learning workshops. These 25-65 person workshops are facilitated by an instructor and a team of undergraduate learning assistants (2-5 LAs/section, depending on enrollment). Students work in groups of 3 on activities designed to promote conceptual understanding, mechanistic thinking, observation of patterns of chemical behaviors/reactions, and problem-solving strategies. If you would like to observe this class, please contact Mary Emenike.

Population Health

Anita Franzione

Rutgers Academic Building 4400, Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:50pm

Anita's class is a hybrid, meeting in-person once a week in an Active Learning Classroom. In addition to being able to see an active learning room being used, observing this course offers an opportunity to see how student engagement can be utilized in a hybrid course. Contact Anita to coordinate an observation.

Topics in Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

John Kerrigan

Tillett Hall 204, Mondays, 6:40-8pm

This hybrid course is a great opportunity to see Learning Assistants help a flipped class in an Active Learning Classroom. Contact John to arrange an observation.