National Forum on Improving Undergraduate Education Through Active Learning Spaces

August 9-11, 2013

We are pleased to welcome you to the inaugural National Forum on Improving Undergraduate Education Through Active Learning Spaces at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the forum is to advance practice and research on active learning spaces in areas such as pedagogical innovation, student learning assessment, and faculty support. The highly interactive environment of the forum is ideal for examining key issues and providing direction for future practice. In addition, there will be numerous opportunities for participants to demonstrate useful practices that leverage the advantages of technology-enhanced learning spaces.

Our expectation is that participants from a wide variety of institutions will attend this forum to a) examine common issues affecting the effective use of these spaces and chart a path for their resolution, b) share successful practices that have enriched the undergraduate experience in active learning spaces, and c) build and deepen networks with colleagues in order to advance their campus efforts.

The forum is framed by the alignment between the use of new learning spaces and achieving national undergraduate priorities such as increased retention, improved graduation rates, student engagement, and global learning. Nevertheless, since these priorities are of broad interest to all working in higher education, international participation is most welcome.

STSS, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Forum Location

Founded in 1851 as the state’s land-grant institution, the University of Minnesota is one of the state’s greatest assets and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. Located in the heart of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area, the campus is minutes from downtown Minneapolis. The Twin Cities campus is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River and on the rolling hills of Saint Paul.

All conference meetings and presentations for the Forum will take place in the  Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) Building on the Minnesota campus. Opened in Fall 2010, this state-of-the-art facility features active learning spaces that can accommodate class sizes of 27 to 126 students along with lecture-based spaces that seat over 230 students. A wide variety of disciplines have conducted their courses in this building during the past year, and it serves as a model space for the design of a 21st century education.

At a Glance

Program Co-Chairs:
 -Sehoya Cotner, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

-Tom Molitor, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

-David Langley, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

-Kem Saichaie, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

                                                       -John Knowles, Instructional Technology                                                                     Coordinator, Office of Classroom Management

For program questions please contact:
David Langley