On October 23, 2015, the Active Learning Community met for the first time to discuss ideas for active learning at Rutgers. The centerpiece of this meeting was a lively discussion around potential new active learning classrooms on the New Brunswick campuses. Each table of guests was asked to envision their ideal classroom and share their ideas and drawings with the larger group. Digital Classroom Services then shared current renderings for new active learning classrooms in Tillett Hall 204 and the under-construction Rutgers Academic Building. This feedback, along with many ideas shared in smaller subsequent meetings was shared with the project architects to be considered in the new rounds of design.
Finally, the discussion turned to what the Active Learning Community should become and how it can best serve its members. Ideas discussed included support from Peer Instructors, Learning Assessments, Teaching Fellows, and a method of assessing learning outcomes.
For a closer look at this first gathering of the Community, review the Open House presentation, now complete with feedback from our attendees. You can also download the Open House hand out, which provides a snap shot of the community's plans.