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UO Faculty: Apply Now for Funded Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning

Open to tenure-line faculty and full-time career instructors. $1,000 stipend to each participant.

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The latest research on teaching and learning indicates that students benefit from active classes: ones that ask them to grapple with authentic problems and questions, provide prompt and facilitative feedback, and transparently align assignments and activities with faculty goals.
But how do we achieve this as individual faculty members—especially considering the particular strengths and challenges of our disciplines, classrooms, and students? Now in its third year, the Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning seeks to provide an intriguing and supportive framework to help each participant find compelling answers to this question. We welcome faculty members from across the curriculum who would like space, support, and camaraderie as they experiment with their courses:
  • shifting some lecture time to participatory activities designed to boost critical thinking
  • building peer-learning frameworks to enhance students’ sense of ownership of course material
  • exploring what technology can do to enliven the classroom and serve as a vehicle for class interaction and creative production
Participants in the Working Group will have the chance to try teaching in UO's LearnLabs--technology-rich, pod-style, active-learning classrooms--and they will explore what sophisticated, active pedagogies can look like in any classroom or lecture hall on campus. 
Benefits of participation:
$1,000 stipend to each participant. Individul and small-group instruction support. Invitations to campus-wide and Working Group-specific activities and workshops. Priority scheduling in the new LearnLab classrooms.
The Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning is hosted by UO Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technology (CMET), the Yamada Language Center, and the Teaching Effectiveness Program. The UO Steelcase LearnLab Pilot Project is sponsored by Steelcase Inc. and UO Libraries CMET, Academic Affairs, the Committee for Academic Infrastructure, Academic Extension, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Yamada Language Center.
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