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Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning

Teaching a New Generation of Students

A National Symposium

Fall 2018


1. Presentations

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 provided 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.

The 2018 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, which took place in Miami, Florida, examined these challenging questions by drawing on the collective expertise of scholars, educators, practitioners, and administrators. The sessions were held at FRN institution Stetson University.

In this sixteenth issue of our online NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development, we present excerpts from a number of the presentations that were delivered during that symposium.


A Holistic Pathway to Research and Active Learning: The Research Aligned Mentorship Program
Presentation excerpts
Erwin Cabrera, Farmingdale State College
Donna D’Ambrosio, Farmingdale State College
Erica J. Friedman, Farmingdale State College
Dylan Gafarian, Farmingdale State College

Acting on Active Learning: Successful Faculty Development Strategies
Presentation excerpts
Michael Finetti, Saint Peter’s University
Jay Garrels, Saint Peter’s University

Active Learning Through Grant Writing
Presentation excerpts
Laurie Rozakis, Farmingdale State College

Active Learning Using Google Suites for Education to Promote 21st-Century Skills
Presentation excerpts
Elizabeth K. Park, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Junghwa K. Suh, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Coaching Lives: Promoting Student Learning and Engagement Through Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
Presentation excerpts
Guanlin Gao, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Bryan Man, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Candice Sakuda, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Wayne Tanna, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Connecting the Dots: Active Learning Techniques that Deepen Classroom Learning
Presentation excerpts
April D. Lundy, Clark Atlanta University
Alice E. Stephens, Clark Atlanta University
Ashley L. Torrence, Clark Atlanta University
Rosalee Martin, Huston-Tillotson University

Critical Reading: Pedagogy for All Students
Presentation excerpts
Leigh Ann Dunning, Stetson University
Megan O’Neill, Stetson University
Michele Randall, Stetson University
Yohann Ripert, Stetson University

Developing Culturally Aware and Civic-Minded Students in an Interdisciplinary Freshman Learning Community
Presentation excerpts
Noel Holton Brathwaite, Farmingdale State College
Aaron J. Howell, Farmingdale State College

Expanding Active Collaborative Learning on Diversity Projects Through E-Portfolio Systems
Presentation excerpts
Anthony Joseph, Pace University
James Lawler, Pace University

Exploring Italy: A Powerful International Applied Learning Experience Offered by Farmingdale State College
Presentation excerpts
Thomas Germano, Farmingdale State College
Beverly Kahn, Farmingdale State College

Faculty Reflections on Active Learning and Global Environmental Change
Presentation excerpts
Rachel Core, Stetson University
Daniel Moscovici, Stockton University
Pamela Waldron-Moore, Xavier University of Louisiana

Get Out of Your Seats! Active Learning Strategies that Engage Students in the 21st-Century
Presentation excerpts
Heidi Laudien, Manhattan College
Bernadette M. López-Fitsimmons, Manhattan College

Improving Student Learning Outcomes: A Comparative Study of a Traditional and a Flipped Classroom with Differentiated Instruction to Engage Students and Support Active Learning in Two Doctoral Qualitative Research Methods Courses
Presentation excerpts
Sheila T. Gregory, Clark Atlanta University

Learn-By-Doing in Advertising, Statistics, Economics and Marketing: A Case Study
Presentation excerpts
Marta Almeyda-Ibáñez, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Iliana Ballester-Panelli, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Alba J. Brugueras-Fabre, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

Learning Through Play: A New Model to Teach Entrepreneurship
Presentation excerpts
Elsa-Sofia Morote, Farmingdale State College
Corinthia Price, Farmingdale State College

Partnerships Promote Active Learning
Presentation excerpts
Katrina Roseler, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Mary Smith, Chaminade University of Honolulu
with student contributors: Dalton Alatan and Sarah Castillo

Student Perceptions on Active Learning in Accounting Classes Using Technology and Oral Presentations
Presentation excerpts
Marie Gioiosa, Iona College
Katherine Kinkela, Iona College

The Center for Teaching and Learning: Improving Active Learning Through Enhanced Faculty Development
Presentation excerpts
Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Richard Kido, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Helen Whippy, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning: Case Studies from the Social Sciences
Presentation excerpts
Jeff Gaab, Farmingdale State College
Richard Vogel, Farmingdale State College

Webby Books: Interactive Content Within a Universal Design
Presentation excerpts
Tim Kaye, Stetson University