From Innovation to Transformation – Creating and Implementing an Active Learning Initiative

Blue Room

Summary

In this workshop, participants will develop their own strategies for launching a system-wide active learning initiative. After we briefly outline Indiana University’s approach, highlighting successes and lessons learned, we will engage the audience in guided group work to explore how they are–or how they could be –approaching classroom design and faculty development for active learning classrooms.

In this session we will highlight the intersections between space and faculty development necessary for pedagogical transformation. We will also focus on the value of leveraging stakeholder relationships in creative ways.

Learning Objectives

List the learning objectives of the workshop.

  1. Identify stakeholders and develop strategies for bringing them on board and for collaboration.
  2. Identify early stage interventions and create a short and longer term plan for progress
  3. Identify steps to establishing a common vision and communicating this vision to various stakeholders
  4. Identify strategies to design and develop innovative learning spaces that target specific pedagogies
  5. Identify a plan for faculty development

Abstract

Indiana University launched the Mosaic Active Learning Initiative in the Fall of 2015. The initiative recognizes that active learning approaches can look different based on discipline, instructional goals, and class size. This new initiative works to create a rich variety of active learning spaces to meet these widely varying instructional needs—much like the many unique tiles that comprise a mosaic. This session will give specific examples of the innovative classroom designs that target specific types of learning or solve a specific problem or challenge in the classroom. Classroom designs that include interactive touch video walls, large active learning lecture classroom, and a collaborative computer lab format will be showcased. The session will also highlight the faculty teaching in these spaces and how classroom design can foster improved student learning and engagement.

Indiana University launched the Mosaic Active Learning Initiative in the Fall of 2015. This new initiative works to create a rich variety of active learning spaces to meet widely varying instructional needs—much like the many unique tiles that comprise a mosaic. The initiative also encourages active learning in all classrooms at the university and supports research exploring the intersections among space, pedagogy, and student engagement. In this session, we will share Indiana University’s successes and lessons learned since the 2015 launch. We will lead participants through interactive individual and collaborative activities that will allow them to develop and refine their own strategies to design and support active learning classrooms at their institution.

This session will give specific examples of IU’s innovative classroom designs and how students are learning in these spaces, highlighting how classroom design can foster student engagement. We will also outline our faculty development efforts to foster active and collaborative learning approaches. Finally, we will spotlight what we have discovered to be key intersections between the room designer and faculty developers.

Participants will then engage in interactive work to explore their own strategies for classroom design, faculty development, and broader institutional change. In this session, teams will design rooms based on different pedagogical goals. Individual participants will identify key stakeholders at their institutions and explore different ways stakeholders can collaborate. Participants will explore a communications plan and a plan for research for sharing efforts within their broader institutional community.

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