5th International Forum on
Active Learning Classrooms

August 7-9, 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota

The 2019 International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms (IFALC) at the University of Minnesota focuses on advancing practice and research on active learning classroom spaces. The IFALC will feature session formats designed to provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate innovative practices and research that leverage the advantages of technology-enhanced learning spaces and active learning pedagogies. 

Our expectation is that participants from a wide variety of institutions will attend the IF-ALC 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 the academic priorities of many universities and colleges such as increased retention, improved graduation rates, student engagement, emerging technologies, and global learning.  Since these priorities are of broad interest to all working in higher education, international participation is most welcome.

Robert H. Bruininks Hall, 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    Robert Bruininks Hall 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 171 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

Organizing Committee:

David Langley (Chair), Center for Educational Innovation

Paul Baepler, Center for Educational Innovation

Noah Holm, Office of Classroom Management



For program questions please contact:

David Langley