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Active Learning Classrooms

This page serves as a resource for those interested in learning more about the pedagogical and design recommendations to consider when creating and using Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs).

TLC Workshop: New Space, New Opportunities

View the presentation and resources from the TLC Workshop, “New Space, New Opportunities,” April 6, 2016. Presented by Dr. Lynn Neal, Department for the Study of Religions Recently a number of classrooms were renovated across campus to encourage more active teaching and…

Dr. Lynn Neal, Department for the Study of Religions

TLC Workshop: New Spaces, New Opportunities

View the presentation and resources from the TLC Workshop, “New Spaces, New Opportunities,” March 23, 2016. Presented in the newly redesigned classroom, Tribble C3, by Laura Giovanelli, English and Dr. Dana Gierdowski, English (North Carolina State University). Whiteboards on wheels, movable…

Laura Giovanelli and Dana Gierdowski

Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)

Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) is a program in place at Purdue University which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. EPICS was founded at Purdue…

EPICS, Purdue University

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a higher education association dedicated to campus-based civic engagement. It is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities, making up a network of a national office and 34 state and regional Campus Compacts. Wake Forest is…

Principles of Ethical and Effective Service

The Principles of Ethical and Effective Practice were developed by staff at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University and adapted by the University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center. Read Principles of Ethical and Effective Practice

Hass Center for Public Service, Stanford University & Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan

Principles of Good Practice for Service-Learning Pedagogy

The 10 Principles of Good Service-Learning Pedagogical Practice were developed by Jeffrey Howard, former associate director for service-learning at the University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center. They are widely used by colleges and universities across the country. Subscribe to these to improve your…

Jeffrey Howard, University of Michigan

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

This is a resource on problem-based learning (PBL) prepared by Don Woods from McMaster University. Woods presents: What is PBL? The use of small group self-directed PBL Books and resources to help you with PBL He also discusses the use of PBL…

Don Woods, McMaster University

Resources for Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

This collection of resources comes from the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education at the University of Delaware. It includes: Sample syllabi from various disciplines Sample problems that can be used in a number of disciplines Videos around issues related to…

Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, University of Delaware

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

This article on problem-based learning (PBL) comes from Speaking of Teaching, a newsletter published by the Stanford University Center for Teaching and Learning in 2001. It includes: an overview of PBL as a pedagogical strategy, how to structure and format the…

Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University

101 Things You Can Do in the First Three...

This site, developed by Joyce Povlacs Lunde for the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, includes 101 tips for the first three weeks of class. It discusses the following topics: Helping Students Make Transitions Directing Students Attention Challenging…

Joyce Povlacs Lunde, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Experiential Learning: Service Learning, Fieldwork, Collaborative Research

This page contains research on experiential learning, which “refers to a broad spectrum of educational experiences, such as study abroad programs, community service, fieldwork, sensitivity training groups, workshops, internships, cooperative education involving work in business or industry, and undergraduate participation…

Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California

David A. Kolb on Experiential Learning

Kolb’s model of experiential learning can be found in many discussions of the theory and practice of adult education, informal education and lifelong learning. This page sets out the model, and examine its possibilities and problems. Read David A. Kolb on…

Mark K. Smith

Experiential Learning & Experiential Education: Philosophy, Theory, Practice &...

This is a website dedicated to experiential learning and experiential education. It contains many resources about the underlying philosophies and theories of experiential education as well as and index of group games and activities. There are also resources about facilitating…

James Neill

Discussion-based Teaching and Handling Controversial Topics in the Classroom

A collection of articles curated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan on discussion-based teaching and handling controversial topics in the classroom. The articles in this collection offer tips on preparing for discussions, asking questions…

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Ten Ways to Start a Discussion

Ten tips for starting a discussion, taken from the The Dreaded Discussion: Ten Ways to Start” by Peter Frederick, Improving College and University Teaching, Vol 29(3). View Ten Ways to Start a Discussion

Peter Frederick