- Dates: May 2020 – December 2020
- Deadline for Applications: Friday, March 6, 2020
- Applicants notified: Monday, March 16, 2020
Applications are now being accepted for Duke Learning Innovation’s Active Learning Faculty Fellowship, running from Summer to Fall 2020. Participating faculty are eligible to receive up to a total of $1,100 deposited to a Duke University research account when they complete the four parts of the program.
The purpose of this Fellowship is to help faculty deepen learning and increase student motivation for all students in their classrooms by using active learning techniques proven successful at Duke and elsewhere. Participants will share teaching experiences with other faculty and practice with ideas from the pedagogical literature to help them redesign activities in a Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 course.
Comments from Previous Active Learning Faculty Fellowship Participants
“The Fellowship exceeded my expectations. I did not expect … to learn about so many active learning strategies in such an interactive way, and to develop so many relationships with colleagues. It was particularly engaging to hear from a range of disciplines.”
“The community that was created in the Fellowship program was fantastic. Everyone brought a diversity of ideas that were well received and respected. It really was a wonderful program!”
“I have learned so much and the timing of the Fellowship program was perfect. I plan to implement all the new techniques as I develop my class.”
- Read about the 2019 Active Learning Fellows participants.
- Learn about the experiences of previous Duke Learning Innovation Faculty Fellows using active learning techniques in their own classes.
- To find out more about active learning, see the Duke Learning Innovation’s basic introduction to active learning techniques, Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching guide to active learning, and evidence that active learning is effective.
Fellowship coordinators and participants
Duke Learning Innovation consultants Andrea Novicki, Seth Anderson, Randy A. Riddle, along with other consultants and guests, are coordinating and supporting the Fellowship. Guests from Learning Innovation or Duke faculty participants from previous Fellowship programs may also take part, depending on the needs and interests of the participants.
Fellows program format
The Fellowship will consist of four parts. Fellows who complete the Kick-Off Week, Summer – Fall Roundtables and Visit a Classroom portions of the Fellowship are eligible to receive $1,000 deposited to a Duke research account. Faculty who complete a blog post about their experience will receive an additional $100 deposited to the account.
- Fellows Kick-Off Week
- The Kick-Off Week will consist of five meetings from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm daily, Monday – Friday, May 4 – 8, 2020. During the week, faculty will exchange ideas with colleagues and learn about methods and techniques for activities used successfully in Duke courses.
- Roundtable Meetings
- A total of five two-hour Roundtable sessions will be scheduled by the Fellows as a group, based on the schedules and availability of the participants. The sessions will be held periodically through the summer and with a limited number in the Fall. Participants will develop their syllabus and teaching materials throughout the summer, based on the activities of the Kick-Off Week. Roundtable meetings will be planned by participants to investigate topics from the Kick-Off Week in more depth, try out teaching techniques, and get feedback from other faculty on their plans for the Fall.
- Visit a Classroom
- During the Fall, faculty in the program will visit two classes taught by other participants in the program to reflect on their own teaching and share ideas.
- Blog Post
- Fellows will be expected to produce a short post for the Learning Innovation blog that looks at one or more changes made to their Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 course to incorporate active learning. (See examples of faculty blog posts from previous Fellows programs in the Duke Learning Innovation blog.)
Eligibility and application
In support of Learning Innovation’s goal to encourage wide use of active learning in all majors and courses, this program is designed for and priority is given to faculty who teach undergraduates in Trinity, Pratt, Nicholas, or Sanford. However, other faculty may also apply.
Graduate students are not eligible for this program, but may contact the Graduate School for similar professional development opportunities.
Applications are due Monday, March 9, by 5:00 pm. Applicants will be notified Monday, March 16 on the status of their application. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Duke Learning Innovation.