Developing relationships, sharing knowledge, and connecting instructors with resources is central to the Active Learning Community's mission. To that end, the Community holds regular meetings relating to active learning spaces, technology, and pedagogy. These events are open to Rutgers faculty and staff that are engaged in active learning or interested in learning more. These gatherings are planned around the interests of attendees. If you have an idea for a future Community event,
please let us know. If you would like to receive an email about upcoming events as they are announced, become a member of the Active Learning Community. For more information on classroom technology workshops and training opportunities, visit the Digital Classroom Services schedule. Upcoming Events
Active Learning Community Open House
At the first gathering of the Active Learning Community on October 23, 2015, faculty and staff met in the new collaborative space in the Livingston Learning Center. The active learning initiative kicked off with an introduction to active learning, a discussion of design features for new active learning spaces, and brainstorming about the type of pedagogic support faculty would utilize. Learn more about this kick off to the Community on our
Open House page
Active Learning Boot Camp
On May 17th, 2016, more than seventy-five faculty and staff met in Tillett Hall for a day of talks, workshops, panels, and more designed for those engaged and interested in active learning. Commencing with a keynote from SCALE-UP pioneer Dr. Robert Beichner, the day also included technology demonstrations, course construction workshops, and presentations from RU faculty using active learning in their courses. Visit the
Boot Camp page
for full details, including videos and slide shows.
Tillett Hall 204 Open House
On September 13, 2016, Rutgers faculty, staff, and students were invited to take a tour of Rutgers-New Brunswick's first general-purpose Active Learning Classroom. Take a virtual tour of the room on the
Tillett 204 classroom page.
Community Workshop: Active Learning Activities
Monthly Community workshops are an opportunity for faculty and staff engaged in active learning to meet, discuss their experiences, and learn about news in active learning. While these meetings are meant to be an informal gathering, a topic for each workshop helps focus the discussion. In this first community workshop on October 11, 2016, the group discussed various types of active learning activities - from think-pair-share to role playing - including specific exercises and things to consider when implementing them. Attendees shared activities they use in class and workshopped ideas they were considering using. The points raised in this workshop have been incorporated into the
Activities page of the Teaching Tools section.
Community Workshop: Forming Groups
Monthly Active Learning Community workshops are an opportunity for faculty and staff engaged in active learning to meet, discuss their experiences, and learn about news in active learning. While these meetings are meant to be an informal gathering, a topic for each workshop will help focus the discussion. In this second community workshop, we will looked at how to form groups when using active learning methods. How students are organized into groups can have an enormous impact on the way students work collaboratively. A balanced group is more likely to be productive and inclusive. We will discuss the merits of different approaches to forming groups and encourage attendees to share their own experiences creating groups in class. Learn more about several of the ideas discussed on the
Forming Groups page.
Community Workshop: Common Challenges
Monthly Active Learning Community workshops are an opportunity for faculty and staff interested in active learning to meet, share their experiences, and learn about the latest in active learning at Rutgers and beyond. While primarily an informal discussion, each gathering has a focal topic to guide the conversation. In this final workshop of the fall semester, the group discussed common challenges that arise when using active learning. While active learning can be very rewarding, it is not without its hurdles. Whether it is the reluctance of students to alter the way they learn, resistance to working with other students, or the difficulty of teaching without a clear front to the room - teaching with active learning methods requires that you overcome many unfamiliar obstacles. We used this workshop to discuss typical challenges experienced at Rutgers and potential solutions. The issues we discussed are summarized on the
Common Challenges page.