There are several units at Rutgers that can help you in your use of active learning. One of the goals of the Active Learning Community is to help create a network of faculty and staff that connects those utilizing active learning with areas at Rutgers that can advance their efforts. The following areas are represented by members of the Active Learning Community and are available to help, whether you have a quick technology question, are looking for an entire course redesign, or anything in between. Not sure where to begin? Contact the Active Learning Community's coordinators. We will try to match you with the help you need.
Digital Classroom Services
DCS designs, installs, and supports the use of classroom technology in Rutgers-New Brunswick's general-purpose classrooms. Their office can help you use existing classroom technology and introduce you to additional solutions. Visit the DCS home page to learn more about their services or contact Active Learning Community coordinator Dave Wyrtzen for more help getting started.
Rutgers Learning Centers
In addition to supporting student learning, the RLC acts as a resource for faculty and staff who are interested in learning new instructional strategies or developing additional methods of support for their students. Especially relevant to active learning at Rutgers, the RLC co-runs the Learning Assistant Program, which trains and provides students to undergraduate courses. Learning Assistants help in the classroom in several ways, including facilitating discussions and workshops during lectures, team teaching recitation or laboratory sections with a graduate teaching assistant, or independently leading supplemental study groups. They have been used in active learning classes in many ways, including managing and facilitating group work. For more information, visit the Learning Assistant Program page or contact Stacey Blackwell, Sr. Direction of the Learning Centers and one of the Active Learning Community's coordinators.
Teaching and Learning with Technology Team
The Teaching and Learning with Technology Team works with Rutgers faculty and staff to support the use of educational technology in face-to-face, blended, and online courses.
Instructional Designers work with Rutgers faculty to support the use of educational technology and sound pedagogical principles to design face-to-face, blended, and online courses. The Teaching and Learning with Technology Team can meet with you one-on-one and help you evaluate your course goals and design solutions, whether it is a course revision or wholesale redesign. Visit the Course Design page to learn more or schedule a 1-on-1 Course Design Consultation with an Instructional Designer to get started
The Teaching and Learning with Technology Team also supports the use of teaching technologies that can be used beyond the classroom to enhance student's learning. Start on the TLT Educational Technology page or schedule a 1-on-1 Educational Technology Consultation with an Instructional Designer to learn more.
Scheduling & Space Management
Beyond scheduling Rutgers-New Brunswick courses, SS&M also oversees the use of the general-purpose classrooms. Scheduling Officers can help you identify spaces that make sense for the use of active learning in your class, from Active Learning Classrooms to seminar rooms and group study spaces. Visit the Scheduling web page or contact SS&M's Director Chris Morett, who doubles as one of the Active Learning Community Coordinators.