ERIC Number: ED336141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Activating Learning in the Classroom: Challenge, Collaborate, Celebrate.
Jones, Janet W.; Duffy, Donna K.
The Activating Learning in the Classroom (ALC) program at Middlesex Community College (MCC) is a year-long instructional and professional development program in which eight professors representing each college division volunteer to re-develop a course that they plan to teach within a year to promote active learning. The program begins at the close of the spring semester with 5 full days of seminars and continues with weekly seminars in the fall. During the seminars, professors analyze their own styles of teaching, the thinking of their students, and the materials in their course. As the seminars progress, the participants record their insights about teaching and learning into a course guide for their students to use throughout the semester. Each guide consists of an introduction to the course, a course description, an explanation of the professor's goals and objectives, and a detailed syllabus. The guides also include a large section of reading questions on the course material and focus questions that relate the material to interdisciplinary and multicultural issues, and the students' experiences. In addition, the guides include maps, calendars, text previews, cartoons, and directions for labs, journals, and papers. The guides serve three functions. First, they implement the ideas and information garnered in the ALC seminars. Second, they celebrate the particular creativity of each member of the faculty. Third, they provide a necessary concrete product that administrators can identify as the result of an instructional and professional development program. When asked to evaluate the ALC programs, each participating faculty member gave the program the highest ranking. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Middlesex Community Coll., Bedford, MA.