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.

Intro to Logic

Justin Kalef

Rutgers Academic Building 4225, Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:50pm

This introduction to formal logic course is a built around a truly unique course design.  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. 

Leadership Seminar

Tatiana Rodriguez

Civic Square Building 113, Mondays, 1:10-4:10pm
Civic Square Building 261, Wednesdays, 1:10-4:10pm

Leadership Seminar is an interactive and dynamic course with professional development, leadership, and management training provided throughout the term via class lectures, interactive exercises, and team building activities. It 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.

The course is organized into three modules, First, students lay the groundwork for successful professional development by preparing a career plan, developing proficiency in LinkedIn, undertaking mock interviews, and participating in case studies designed to enhance  professional ethos. Next, they explore various leadership theories and traits and conduct self reflection exercises to better understand their personal leadership styles. Cases studies and engagement activities are used to better understand strategic planning, change management and quantum leadership. Finally, students develop their management skills through team building, project management, and organizational development using a public service team project and other related activities. Contact Tatiana if you would like to observe a meeting of this class.

Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion

Justin Kalef

Rutgers Academic Building 4400, Tuesdays & Fridays, 9:50-11:10am

This philosophy 101 class focuses on having students explore hot-button topics while remaining objective and genuine. Students work in teams, often with peers who have differing ideological perspectives. This class also offers a chance to watch class unfold in one of Rutgers-New Brunswick's active learning classrooms. Contact Justin if you are interested in observing this class.

Organic Chemistry

Christine Altinis-Kiraz, Denise Cullerton, & John Taylor

Chemistry & Chemical Biology 1209, Thursdays 8:10-9:30pm
Rutgers Academic Building 4400, Thursdays 8:10-9:30am, Fridays 11:30am-12:50pm & 1:10-2:30pm
Tillett Hall 204, Fridays, 8:40-10am 

The organic chemistry lecture course has multiple formats for the associated recitation session: traditional small recitations, large problem solving sessions, and active learning workshops. Over the past three  years, Chemistry has been developing collaborative learning activities for the workshop format of this course. These 25-70 person workshops are facilitated by an instructor and a team of undergraduate learning assistants (two to five LAs persection, depending on enrollment). Students work in groups of three 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