1999-2000, Institute on Learning Technology (ILT)
Our focus during the 1999-2000 year is on learning technologies. The goals of our Institute on Learning Technology are to produce a web site that will:
- explore ways in which SMET faculty can actively shape the powerful opportunities presented by emerging technologies in order to prepare college students to meet the challenges of the 21st century
- provide college SMET instructors with better resources for answering questions related to why they should use learning technologies and how they should use them (including how to overcome frequently encountered obstacles); and
- enable college SMET instructors to provide all their students more experience with and a better appreciation for SMET as a living enterprise.
1999-2000, ILT Fellows
1997-1998, Collaborative Learning Institute
Collaborative Learning (CL) encourages active student participation in the learning process. It encompasses a set of approaches to education, sometimes also called cooperative learning or small group learning. CL creates an environment "that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing",1 and reaches students who otherwise might not be engaged. Finally, CL is one teaching strategy among many, each of which can play a role to make learning an active and effective process.
- Stories from teachers from many disciplines describing the CL implemented in their classrooms, divided into Large and Small Class stories.
- Doing CL devoted to group dynamics and CL techniques.
- Resources contains an Annotated Bibliography on small group instruction, a list of experts in CL willing to answer your questions or act as a sounding board, the SMET meta-analysis conducted by the College Level One (CL-1) team, web sites devoted to CL, other CL resources, and more.
- More Info on CL such as what is CL, does CL really work (it does!), how to set up groups, and comments by students on CL.
- FAQs with some thoughts addressing colleagues' real concerns about CL and whether it's right for them.
1997-1998, Collaborative Learning Institute Fellows
Elaine Seymour, Lead Fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Bowen, email@example.com
Jim Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Donovan, email@example.com
Leonard Springer, firstname.lastname@example.org
1Bonwell, C., & Eison, J. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom (ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 1). Washington, DC: George Washington University, p. 2.