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Active Learning Week

We are excited to announce Active Learning Week!

October 30th – November 3rd, 2017

In order to demonstrate Boise State’s commitment to quality undergraduate education, all faculty are invited to join in a celebration of Active Learning pedagogies by incorporating at least 10 minutes of active learning into their courses during the week of October 30th – November 3rd or by attending one of the scheduled Teaching Visits.

This event builds on our participation in last year’s National Active Learning Day. In fall 2016, over 105 faculty at Boise State made a commitment to incorporate active learning into their
courses. This year, the celebration will have three components. Participate in as many as you can!

  1. commitments to use active learning during the week
  2. opportunities to visit a colleague’s classroom through our Teaching Visits program
  3. an end of the week party/reception

Document Your Commitment to the Use of Active Learning

We encourage all faculty to use at least 10 minutes of active learning in their courses during Active Learning Week. To document your commitment to incorporate active learning in your courses complete the short google form linked here: Active Learning Commitment Form. Faculty who register their plans will be entered to win a raffle prize. Winners will be drawn at the end-of- week celebration (need not be present to win).

Teaching Visits

This program aims to intentionally increase the dialogue around teaching and learning at Boise State and encourage the exploration and adoption of evidence based instructional practices. These observations are not intended as evaluations or critiques of the instructor being observed, nor are they meant to be a way for faculty members to gather feedback about their performance. Rather, these classroom observations will provide an opportunity for faculty who are interested in adopting evidence based instructional practices or active learning strategies to see how it looks in the classroom. The focus of the observations will be on teaching and learning and the particular pedagogical strategies being used, rather than on course content. Visitors are encouraged to visit a classroom of any discipline.

A variety of active learning strategies will be highlighted, including Process Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), Flipped Classroom, Team Based Learning (TBL), Collaborative Learning, and more! A list of Teaching Visits can be found below and more will be added over the next month. Teaching Visits can also be accessed through the CTL’s Event page or you can register in OrgSync to attend one.

If you are using an active learning strategy in your class during Active Learning Week and would like to invite your colleagues to observe your class in action, please let us know by completing the linked form: Teaching Visit Scheduling Form.

The Reception

A reception to celebrate the week will be held on Friday, November 3rd in the Center for Teaching and Learning (ILC 315) from 2:00-3:30.
Those who have entered a commitment on the referenced google form above, or registered for a Teaching Visit, will receive a Google Calendar invite for the reception, but all are welcome!