Experience Matters: The Impact of Active Learning Classrooms on Instructor Teaching Philosophy

Tuesday, February 04 | 11:00AM–1:00PM | Court Assembly Foyer
Session Type: Professional Development
Does teaching in an active learning classroom (ALC) change one's teaching philosophy? If so, does one become more traditionalist and instructor-focused or more constructivist and student-focused? Does prior experience, discipline, classroom size, course level, or other demographic characteristics mitigate or moderate these results? The quasi-experimental design of 50 instructors teaching in ALCs at the University of Minnesota highlighted in this poster will attempt to answer those questions and more.

OUTCOMES: Understand whether the type of classroom you teach in changes your attitudes, beliefs, and values about teaching and learning * Understand how prior experience in ALCs shapes teaching philosophy * Understand how to design a study to assess the impact of space on attitudes, values, and beliefs


  • D. Christopher Brooks

    Senior Analyst, The Tambellini Group