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2018 National Symposium

Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning

When: Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2018

Where: Orlando, Florida

Registration Deadline: November 9, 2018

Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 18, 2018

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Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning



Active learning is a pedagogical practice that shifts the focus from teacher-based delivery of content to learning activities performed by students. It requires students to engage with course material through reading, writing, discussing, role-playing, listening, and reflecting. Research confirms that by taking a more active role in their own learning, students improve their conceptual understanding, critical thinking, creativity, and interpersonal skills. Active learning has been around for some time, but recent changes in the academy, our students, and the world make this an opportune time to utilize this pedagogy to transform our teaching.

In past decades, students relied on professors and library books as their primary sources of knowledge. But today’s college students do not remember life without a smart phone and its ability to instantly access vast amounts of information through the internet. As a result, college education is shifting from the transmission to the evaluation of information. Active learning is a particularly powerful teaching strategy for cultivating a new generation of critical and creative thinkers. In addition, the complexity of our world’s current challenges—climate change, rising economic inequality, political divisiveness, infectious diseases, to name just a few—require a team-based approach to tackling multifaceted problems. Active learning techniques are well suited to promoting student collaboration towards achieving a shared goal.

As with any pedagogy, active learning requires thoughtful planning, implementation, and assessment. The 2018 FRN National Symposium provides a forum to explore the many varieties of active-learning techniques, develop best practices for lesson planning, and examine technology-based resources to facilitate student engagement. By the end of the conference, we hope that participants will have acquired a repertoire of active-learning strategies that will transform their teaching. We invite you to join us.


Registration Information

Registration Deadline: November 9, 2018

Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 18, 2018

Participation in the National Symposium is free of charge for faculty members and administrators from Faculty Resource Network and Leadership Alliance member institutions. For participants outside of the FRN consortium, there will be a $200 registration fee. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive an invoice for payment.

To register for the symposium, please use the link below to access the online symposium registration form: https://nyu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lIEuc2YaCo4t0h


Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Hotel. Additional information about hotel amenities is located on their website, at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/orlando


Special Symposium Rate

Rooms are available at $199 per night, and are on reserve for November 15, 16, and 17. For the best room selection and availability, please make your plans as early as possible.

All reservations can be made by calling the Ritz-Carlton Central Reservations at 1 (800) 826-8987. Information that should be provided over the phone is included below:

Group Name: Faculty Resource Network National Symposium 2018

Group Date: November 15, 16, 17, 2018

Group Codes: UTEUTEA (Deluxe Accommodations – $199)

Please note that if you use these codes outside of the blocked dates, the codes will not work and you will be told there are no rooms, etc. If you would like to stay on dates outside of the block, it will be determined on an availability basis.

Reservations will be accepted at the group rate until October 18, 2018. Any reservations over and above the group block are based on availability.

Web Address Link (to reserve online): View Reservation Link

Phone, toll-free (to speak with a reservations agent): 1-800-266-9432

When reserving, you will be able to guarantee a Lakeview room upgrade prior to arrival. Upon visiting your customized website or speaking with a reservations agent, you will be offered two different types of rooms—a Standard Deluxe Room at the contracted group rate, or the upgraded Lakeview Room for an additional cost on top of the contracted group rate.


Ground Transportation

Limited ground transportation between the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel and symposium venues will be provided by the Faculty Resource Network.

Previous National Symposia


  • 2020 National Symposium: "Curriculum Innovation for Transformative Learning"
  • 2019 National Symposium: "Critical Conversations and the Academy"
  • 2018 National Symposium: "Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning"
  • 2017 National Symposium: "Engaging With Diversity in the College Classroom"
  • 2016 National Symposium: "Teaching a New Generation of Students"
  • 2015 National Symposium: "Advancing Social Justice From Classroom to Community"
  • 2014 National Symposium: "The Global Imperative for Higher Education"
  • 2013 National Symposium: "Reinventing Liberal Education"
  • 2012 National Symposium: "New Faces, New Expectations"
  • 2011 National Symposium: "Emerging Pedagogies for the New Millennium"
  • 2010 National Symposium: "Engaging Students in the Community and the World"
  • 2009 National Symposium: "Challenge as Opportunity: The Academy in the Best and Worst of Times"
  • 2008 National Symposium: "Defining and Promoting Student Success"
  • 2007 National Symposium: "Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Academy"
  • 2006 National Symposium: "The Millennial Student"
  • 2005 National Symposium: "Spirituality and Higher Education"
  • 2004 National Symposium: "Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education: Diversity and Higher Education"
  • 2003 National Symposium: "Approaching Assessment: The Road Ahead"
  • 2002 National Symposium: "Being a Professor..."
  • 2000 National Symposium: "The Future of Liberal Arts Education"
  • 1999 National Symposium: "The Teaching and Learning Continuum"