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Active Learning Institute

Flipped Classrooms and Beyond

How can we create courses that improve student engagement and motivation? Our hands-on Active Learning Institute helps faculty transform their undergraduate and graduate-level courses into an environment for participatory learning.


Apply this spring

The 2017 Institute will be held on Tuesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 8, 2017. Applications open in March 2017. Stay tuned to our mailing list for updates.


Learn about the program below

“The ratio of facilitators to participants was amazing! I established a great relationship with our facilitator and group, and was able to get specific answers to my problems. Also, I appreciate that they really got to know our course concerns.”

“The hands-on application of ‘principles’ that are fundamental to good course design helped translate theory into practice.”




“I think we become too focused on our way of doing things and it is nice to have a refresher ‘course’ to take a second look.”




When and Where

The Active Learning Institute typically takes place in June. This year, the Institute will be held on Tuesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 


Faculty interested in increasing active learning and preparing to flip their courses. Open to faculty on the Morningside and CUMC campuses.

Program Description

The Active Learning Institute provides an in-depth training for faculty interested in increasing active learning and preparing to flip their courses. During the Institute, participants explore the purposes and outcomes of active learning and apply research-based practices to the process of developing learner-centered courses.

Through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, and discussion, participants work through the essential components of planning for active learning, from designing online and in-class materials to facilitating individual and collaborative learning activities. Following the Institute, participants continue to receive guidance and consultations from CTL staff.

Participants leave the Institute ready to activate their course, having created a redesigned course unit; drafts of pre-class and in-class activities or assignments; sample online materials, such as videos or podcasts; and a plan for developing and assessing the impact of their course.


Please contact Jessica Brodsky ( for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can graduate students attend?

The Institute is open to Columbia faculty. However, faculty members are encouraged to invite the designated graduate teaching assistant(s) for the course they will be developing to attend the Institute with them.

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