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. The Active Learning Collaboration Hour is co-organized by ISEE and Cal Teach.

Next meeting: 

The small open discussion group will meet in Biomed 200 on August 17 from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Dr. Colin West, an HHMI Postdoctoral Scholar in physics, will present and lead a discussion on group construction and group facilitation strategies in the classroom.  The discussion will include strategies that can support group work in large lecture settings, and/or in smaller classroom environments.

Previous meeting: 

July 13, 2017

Dr. Susanna Honig, HHMI Postdoctoral Scholar, will share her experiences transforming the introductory biology series (BIO 20A, 20B, and 20C). She will discuss big-picture goals of an active learning course and the general structure of the classes she worked on. Susy will share what a successful active learning course looks and feels like, including specific examples of activities and some common challenges and pitfalls.


If you are interested in leading a Collaboration hour, please contact:

Tammy Bye

Rafael Palomino