Faculty who are interested in teaching in an EASL room can submit a proposal to Wiebke Kuhn. A call for proposals is issued in mid-November for courses taught during the next Summer, Spring and Fall terms. Proposals are reviewed by faculty with experience teaching in the space.
Once a faculty member's course has been approved, scheduling gets worked out, and during the Spring, faculty will meet to start working on rethinking their course. It is very important to consider the course that is taught in an EASL room as a new class preparation, so faculty need to plan for plenty of time to rethink and redesign.
In order to help with this process, we are offering sessions on collaborative learning, flipping the class, student expectations, and other topics that faculty want to discuss to make this redesign easier and to build a support group. This support group will also meet during the terms faculty teach.
For more information about the EASL spaces at Auburn University, contact Dr. Wiebke Kuhn at 334-844-2056 or send an email to kuhnwi1 at auburn.edu.
Active Learning Happy Hour
Every third Thursday of the month, faculty and support staff meet in a social setting to reflect on teaching in EASL spaces and other active learning settings, discuss and brainstorm ideas and share experiences. Often, these meetings are accompanied by an article or other publication that focuses on active learning. To learn about upcoming readings, go to http://wp.auburn.edu/biggio/active-learning-happy-hour/.
Articles previously read:
Brick by Brick: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/05/11/educause-releases-blueprint-next-generation-learning-management-systems, a discussion of the future of LMS
Version of the SAMR model: https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model
Different Types of Group Work: Clearning up the Confusion: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/different-types-group-work-clearing-confusion/, with the article by Neil Davidson, Claire Howell Major, and Larry Michaelsen (2014). Small-group learning in higher education -- cooperative, collaborative, problem-based, and team-based learning: An introduction by guest editors. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 25(3&4),1-6.
Active Learning in Large Science Classes Benefits Black and First-Generation College Students Most: http://college.unc.edu/2014/09/02/hoganstudy/
Christina Petersen, Kristn Gorman (2014). Strategies to address common challenges when teaching in an active learning classroom. New Directions for Teaching and Learning (137), 63-70.
Borden, Jeff (2014). From gamification to touch interfaces: designing for 21st century learners. Educause Review. http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/gamification-touch-interfaces-designing-21st-century-learners?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email+marketing&utm_campaign=EDUCAUSE
Engaged Learning and the Future of Higher Education -- CIES 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI41eqRpV2g&feature=youtu.be
Bart, Mary (2015). Flipped Classroom Survey Highlights Benefits and Challenges. Faculty Focus. August 24th, 2015. http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/blended-flipped-learning/flipped-classroom-survey-highlights-benefits-and-challenges/
Last Updated: April 24, 2015