Active Learning Institute

Looking to increase student engagement in your course?  Our hands-on Active Learning Institute helps faculty transform their undergraduate and graduate-level courses into environments for participatory learning. This year’s Institute takes place Tuesday, June 5 – Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Butler Library 212.

Who is the Active Learning Institute open to?

The Active Learning Institute is open to all Columbia faculty interested in increasing active learning in their courses. Faculty members may invite the designated graduate teaching assistant(s) for the course they will be developing to attend the Institute with them.

What happens at the Active Learning Institute?

In this three-day intensive institute, faculty will explore the purposes and outcomes of active learning, and apply research-based practices to develop active, learner-centered course units. Through a combination of hands-on activities, presentations, and discussions, faculty will work through the essential components of designing engaging student experiences. ALI also includes a hands-on lab experience facilitated by the CTL’s instructional technologies group where faculty will experiment with educational tools and software. At the end of this institute, participants will be able to:

  • develop and refine student learning objectives.
  • plan for assessing student learning.
  • design engaging and inclusive student experiences through active learning techniques.
  • align assessments and activities to student learning objectives.
  • plan for evaluating the impact of instructor’s course redesign.

The Institute is facilitated by Christy Simonian Bean, Andrew Flatgard, John Foo, and Ashley Kingon from the CTL.

Who should I contact for more information?

Should you have any questions about this program, contact

Join Us!

Faculty are invited to apply for the Active Learning Institute via the link below by May 7, 2018.

“I found it really helpful to look back at how I draft my course learning objectives, and how I can better align them with my pedagogies and assessment practices. I highly recommend educators to push the pause button and participate in future runs of the Active Learning Institute. It will help you become a better educator.”
Lenin Grajo

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy)