What is the Student-Centered Active Learning Institute?

The Student-Centered Active Learning Institute is an opportunity for TCU faculty to design an active learning course to

  • Create a student-centered environment that is collaborative and engaging
  • Improve your face-to-face time with your students
  • Model an educational environment where application happens in the classroom and lecture happens online
  • Develop deeper meaning and connections to course content to promote learning

The Student-Centered Active Learning Institute requires faculty to participate in a summer workshop (workshop 1), three small group meetings during the fall and spring terms, and a final summer workshop (workshop 2) offered in following summer.

The Koehler Center encourages TCU faculty teaching CORE courses to participate.

Who can register for the Student-Centered Active Learning Institute?

Any TCU faculty member can register for the Student-Centered Active Learning Institute. This is a free professional development opportunity the Koehler Center provides to the TCU teaching community.

How will the Student-Centered Active Learning Institute benefit me?

The Student-Centered Active Learning Institute will benefit faculty by providing an opportunity to develop course content that encourages students to perform high-order thinking as opposed to passive listening. In the lecture style, where students are expected to “sit and get” the information, it’s difficult to assess student mastery of material. In an active-learning environment, faculty members facilitate the learning in team-based learning, problem-based learning, group work, independent work, research, etc.. The learning is “hands on” and students participate directly, not simply by listening and absorbing.

Faculty can witness student learning taking place, which helps them manage the class time more effectively and affords them the freedom to work with students, either in groups or one-on-one, to facilitate mastery of material. Active learning improves student performance, promotes engagement, and increases information retention, which promotes long-term student success.

How do I enroll for the Student-Centered Active Learning Institute?

The Koehler Center will send out a call for registration during the spring term.

What will happen during the Student-Centered Active Learning Institute?

During the institute, faculty will begin preparing course materials and class agendas for active learning classrooms. Participants are requested to participate in two workshops and participate in eight hours of training and sharing of ideas throughout the regular semesters. Participants can choose to attend workshop 1 only but will be placed on a waitlist for the Next Generation Classrooms.

Workshop 1: Three-days – breakfast and lunch included

Day 1:
Teaching vs Learning
Introduction to the flipped classroom
Active learning strategies

Day 2:
Technology solutions for capturing video
Write a script for lecture Practice
Active learning examples shared

Day 3:
Create flipped assignments

Fall term: 4.5 hours

Teaching Analysis Polls
Work on video lecture
Share experience and items completed

Spring 2014 term: 4.5 hours

Using iPads/tablets in the classroom
Work on video lecture/assignments
Share experience and items completed
Teaching Analysis Polls

Workshop 2: Three-days – breakfast and lunch included

Day 1:
Introducing students to your learner-centered classroom
Generating student buy-in
Structuring your syllabus for active learning
Planning pre and post-assessment

Day 2:
Active learning strategies
Assignment recap and planning on how to complete work
Work on class assignments

Day 3:
Review syllabus 1-2-1
Showcase technology
Visit classrooms