Supporting Faculty in Maximizing Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) for Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, October 18 | 12:35PM–1:10PM ET
Session Type: Lightning Talk
Delivery Format: Lightning Talk
Many higher education institutions have been upgrading and redesigning classrooms in order to promote the use of active learning approaches. These redesigned spaces (often referred to as active learning classrooms) typically feature furniture and digital tools that allow for student collaboration and interaction. However, in order for faculty to utilize these spaces well, it is essential for them to receive appropriate training and support. How can we help faculty shift from lecture-heavy modes of instruction to active learning approaches that really leverage the space and tools available in an active learning classroom? This session will provide an overview of a faculty development workshop that was designed to introduce faculty to active learning classrooms and active learning teaching techniques. This introductory workshop bridged theory and practice by sharing critical research about the benefits of active learning while providing faculty with engaging, hands-on opportunities to experience active learning strategies firsthand. The workshop also included frequent reflection and discussion opportunities and equipped faculty with tools that they could immediately implement in their instructional practices. Come learn how you can employ similar strategies to help faculty at your institution maximize their use of active learning classrooms for teaching and learning!


  • Tolulope (Tolu) Noah

    Instructional Learning Spaces Coordinator, California State University, Long Beach