Active Learning Collaboration Hour

The Active Learning Collaboration Hour is a time for UCSC educators to come together and discuss teaching in the STEM classroom. Each meeting will be focused on a particular theme or strategy, and we will share experiences, successes, difficulties, and ideas for implementation in order to improve student learning. In addition to being a collaborative space for educators to learn from each other, attendees will come away from each meeting with practical applications of pedagogy to bring to their course.

Pascale Garaud will share her experience using case studies in calculus and pre-calculus courses. Case studies have been used business, law and medical schools for many years, but can be useful in many teaching contexts, and are typically a complex, real-life problem that students work collaboratively on. Sometimes called “case-based teaching,” this strategy has many similarities to problem-based learning (PBL). Pascale will start the discussion with her experience, and then meeting attendees will have an opportunity to discuss strategies, what has worked, and what hasn’t worked so well.

Next meeting: 

The small open discussion group will meet in Biomed 300 on May 24 from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Refreshments such as coffee and cookies will be provided.