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National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms

August 9-11, 2013
Science Teaching & Student Services Building
University of Minnesota
222 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota

The 2013 National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms (NF-ALC) at the University of Minnesota focuses on advancing practice and research on active learning classroom spaces. The NF-ALC will feature new session formats (see the Submission Guidelines) designed to provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate innovative practices and research that leverage the advantages of technology-enhanced learning spaces and active learning pedagogies.

Our expectation is that participants from a wide variety of institutions will attend the NF-ALC to a) examine common issues affecting the effective use of these spaces and chart a path for their resolution, b) share successful practices that have enriched the student and faculty experience in active learning classrooms, and c) build and deepen networks with colleagues in order to advance their campus efforts.

The forum is framed by the alignment between the use of new learning spaces and achieving the academic priorities of many universities and colleges, such as increased retention, improved graduation rates, student engagement, emerging technologies, and global learning. Since these priorities are of broad interest to all working in higher education, international participation is most welcome.

Forum Location

Founded in 1851 as the state’s land-grant institution, the University of Minnesota is one of the state’s greatest assets and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. Located in the heart of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area, the campus is minutes from downtown Minneapolis. The Twin Cities campus is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River and on the rolling hills of Saint Paul.

All conference meetings and presentations for the Forum will take place in the new Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) Building on the Minnesota campus. Opened in Fall 2010, this state-of-the-art facility features active learning spaces that can accommodate class sizes of 27 to 126 students along with lecture-based spaces that seat over 230 students. A wide variety of disciplines have conducted their courses in this building during the past year, and it serves as a model space for the design of a 21st century education.