The Active Learning (TAL) Fellows Program
The Office for Faculty Development is pleased to announce a new initiative for supporting faculty across the curriculum who wish to build their repertoire of active learning techniques. These techniques can transform students from passive receivers of content to engaged makers of knowledge and in the process transform an instructor’s understanding of teaching and learning as dynamic, reciprocal processes.
An earlier version of this initiative focused on preparing faculty to teach in the Technology-Enhanced Active Learning classroom in University Hall. TAL will still include training for specific active learning classrooms on campus; however, its focus will widen to include innovative techniques generally applicable to UMB classrooms, whether one is teaching a large lecture, a small discussion class or the many options in between. The program facilitator will be Michelle McIntyre, eLearning and Instructional Support.
Please consider applying if you would like to:
- Understand how active learning techniques can be used to support diverse learner
- Engage students in exciting classroom environments
- Move your students from simply reciting content to application and innovation
- Collaborate with faculty from across the University
- Learn about active group work, team building and student-centered learning
- And for large enrollment courses, learn peer instruction techniques.
How the program works:
- Six to twelve TAL Fellows will participate in a weekly seminar starting in Fall 2018. TT and NTT faculty are encouraged to apply.
- Seminar meetings will consist of workshop sessions, deep discussions, guest presentations, as well as visits to active learning classrooms including the TEAL and ALC classrooms, and will train faculty in effective uses of them.
- The Fellows will continue to meet twice in Spring 2019 as they begin to apply active learning to their chosen course.
- Fellows will receive a stipend for participation and will be encouraged to present their work at a future University Conference on Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Apply here. Applications must be submitted by June 5, 2018 by 9 am; applicants will be notified by end of June.
University Hall (Room 75A) has a unique new teaching space, the 63-seat Technology-Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom. The physical layout and technological setup of the room are designed to facilitate student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and classroom-wide collaboration.
- designed for team work and class-wide collaboration
- 7 tables of 9 seats (63 students)
- each with whiteboard, PC, 3 monitors
- students can plug in laptops
- central console for instructor
- can project any computer to any/all screens
- controls projector to single large screen