Welcome to Duke Learning Innovation’s 2018 Active Learning Fellows

In May, Learning Innovation held the kick-off week for our 2018 Active Learning Fellows. We welcomed a group of faculty members and one graduate student from a wide range of departments who will be spending the summer and fall exploring new methods of encouraging deeper student engagement and learning through active classroom methods and techniques.

Kick-Off Week

2018 Fellows working togetherDuring the kick-off week, faculty explored and practiced practical active learning techniques. We also looked at topics including rethinking course goals for student-centered, engaged learning; techniques for creating great group work and team-based assignments; and holding students accountable for out-of-class work.  The group also looked at methods for performing formative assessment of learning to gauge how students are progressing and ways to help students more deeply engage in course content.

Upcoming Fellowship Activities for Summer and Fall

This summer, the Fellows will meet for a series of follow-up sessions on topics they want to explore in-depth and, in the fall, will be visiting each others classes to get ideas and reflect on their own teaching.

The Learning Innovation Faculty Fellows program is typically offered each summer and fall. However, we can arrange similar programs during the year for departments with a group of faculty that want to redesign courses or programs of study or to change or assess some aspect of teaching in their area.

If you would like additional information on the Fellows program, please contact us.

Below is a complete list of Learning Innovation’s 2018 Active Learning Fellows. We look forward to working with our Fellows over the next few months.

2018 Active Learning Fellows group






The 2018 Active Learning Fellows

  • Alex Broussard
    Graduate Student
    Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine
  • Luciana Fellin
    Professor of the Practice
    Romance Studies (Italian), Trinity
  • Jenifer Hamil-Luker
    Assistant Professor of the Practice
    Sociology, Trinity
  • Megan Huchko
    Associate Professor
    Obstetrics and Gynecology, 
    School of Medicine and Global Health Institute
  • Willie Padilla
    Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School
  • Marcia Rego
    Assistant Professor of the Practice
    Thompson Writing Program, Trinity
  • Kristin Stephens-Martinez
    Assistant Professor
    Computer Science, Trinity
  • Margaret Swezey
    Thompson Writing Program, Trinity
  • Gavin Yamey
    Professor of the Practice
    Global Health and Public Policy, Duke Global Health Institute and Sanford School of Public Policy