Teaching and Learning Collaboratory

To support active and blended learning we provide faculty with resources that define various concepts and tools to use in their classroom that promote student participation and engagement with the course content, instructor, and students.

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Communication Resources

Concepts and tools faculty can use in their classroom to promote student participation and engagement.

 

Teaching and Learning Email List

An email list for faculty interested in instructional technologies, pedagogy, and innovative tools for classroom engagement. This list has been created to support faculty who wish to try new technologies and strategies for learning, and as a place to share success and troubleshoot struggles. Subscribers will be notified about any teaching and learning workshops/events on campus and will have the opportunity to share questions and best practices through this forum. Be sure to join this community and join an initiative that strives for active student participation and learning and nurtures the passion for innovation.

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Learning Newsflash

Listed below are the Learning Newsflash articles that contain educational information and/or quick tips on innovative strategies to enrich knowledge.

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Workshops

Workshops are designed for the faculty, staff, and graduate students of Rensselaer. 

Workshop Format Date/Time Location Registration Link
Rensselaer Faculty and Staff Workshop: Markdown, Jupyter, and Github as a New Publishing Paradigm for Classroom Content On Campus 3/8/17

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Beta Classroom

First Floor of Folsom Library

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Register by 3/2/17

Rensselaer Workshop: Course Planning - Active Learning Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged On Campus 3/9/17

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Beta Classroom

First Floor of Folsom Library

Register

Register by 3/3/17

Rensselaer Faculty and Staff Workshop: Beta Classroom – Use Case Session On Campus 3/24/17

10:00am - 11:00am

Beta Classroom

First Floor of Folsom Library

Register

Register by 3/20/17

Rensselaer Faculty and Staff Workshop: Beta Classroom - Teaching with Technology Preview On Campus 4/13/17

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Beta Classroom

First Floor of Folsom Library

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Register by 4/7/17

Rensselaer Faculty and Staff Workshop: Engaging Discussions: Get Your Students Thinking and Engaged with Your Subject Matter On Campus 5/4/17

10:00am - 11:00am

Beta Classroom

First Floor of Folsom Library

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Register by 4/28/17 

Faculty Learning Luncheon On Campus 5/19/17

12:00pm - 1:30pm

RU 3202 Register

Register by 5/3/17

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Beta Classroom

The Beta Classroom is located on the First Floor of the Folsom Library. The Beta Classroom is a high technology classroom for interactive learning, which can accommodate about 25 participants. The goal of the classroom is for faculty to pilot new or interactive technologies and pedagogical approaches that may be appropriate for rolling out in a broad range of classrooms. 

Technology Preview Session

Check out our workshop schedule to see if a Beta Classroom Preview Workshop is running. Be sure to click the red plus sign to the left of the Current Workshop title to expand the listing.

If the workshop is not available or does not fit your schedule, contact Maureen Fodera or Jenna Pitera to schedule a preview session of the technology. 

Scheduling the Beta Classroom

Send an email to Vice Provost Linda Schadler with a brief summary on your learning concept using the various technologies available in the room. Define which technologies you would like to work with and explain how you will be testing/using the technology with your content to create engagement for the students and improve their learning. 

Once your proposed concept is approved for testing in the Beta Classroom, you will work with Maureen Fodera or Jenna Pitera to schedule your session(s).

After testing, you will be asked to complete a survey that collects your observations and conclusions on using the technology to improve learning. The data will be used to assist in the justification for pushing out some of the technologies into other classrooms on campus.

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Call for Proposals

The Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce the second annual call for proposals supporting pedagogical innovation from the Rensselaer Teaching and Learning Collaboratory (TLC). 

The TLC invites proposals from full time tenure track faculty members or lecturers/Professors of Practice for piloting and assessing pedagogical innovations, especially those integrating interactive technologies into the classroom.  We wish to fund seed projects that will serve as the foundation for external grant applications.  Project proposals should entail the implementation of new interactive approaches, including the use of the Beta Classroom, gaming, remote laboratories, or other innovative methods.

Proposals are due March 15, 2017 (pdf to schadl@rpi.edu)
Winners will be announced May 1, 2017 and funding will commence July 1, 2017.

For futher information on the call and details for applying, click TLC 2017 Proposal Information.