Active Learning Institute (ALI)

Faculty are encouraged to apply to and participate in the 2018 and 2019 Active Learning Institute (ALI). The ALI is offered by the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation, under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning.

The 2018 ALI is now full. You may add your name to the wait-list here. Due to popular demand, two 2019 ALI have now been scheduled, one of which is full. Register  for the second here – the schedule is listed below. Registration will remain open until December 1st, 2018 or until the ALI is full. The ALI is limited to 32 spots.

Why Have an Active Learning Institute?

Internationally, colleges and universities have been adopting student-centered pedagogies such as active/collaborative learning. Bolstered by the evidence-based research, UCI’s strategic plan has specifically called for more engaged instruction and learning; the campus has also invested in it by renovating existing classrooms, such as SE 101, AIRB 1030, and PSCB 140; in addition, UCI is building new active learning spaces such as those in the new Anteater Learning Pavilion, slated to open in fall 2018.

How Can I Schedule a Class in an Active Learning Classroom?

Beginning in winter quarter 2018, faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to using active/collaborative teaching strategies will have priority access to PSCB 140, AIRB 1030, and all classrooms in the Anteater Learning Pavillion. Successful participation in and completion of the Active Learning Institute will certify faculty to use these rooms.

What If I Already Use Active/Collaborative Learning Strategies?

Those faculty who have already been using Active Learning methods and strategies can apply to be certified through a consultation and observation by contacting the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation at

What Will I Learn in the Active Learning Institute and When?

Participants in the ALI will:

…review the general and discipline-specific literature underlying evidence-based practices in active learning;

…participate in, apply, analyze, and discuss active learning pedagogical strategies and instructional tools;

…apply evidence-based practices to the development and implementation of lesson design(s);

…present sample active learning strategies and receive feedback in a supportive collegial atmosphere;

…complete the first step towards certification to teach in designated active learning classrooms.

The ALI has two parts: the first part is the preparation stage over the summer and fall when participants are (re-)designing their curricula to integrate active/collaborative strategies; the second part takes place when the instructor is actually applying the strategies in the classroom.  During the second part, participants will be observed and given feedback on their implementation.  The first part will provisionally certify the participant to schedule a course in an Active Learning Classroom; successful completion of the second part provides the participant with their final certification for continued preferential scheduling in Active Learning Classrooms.

This summer, participants will be sent several readings and two assignments in preparation for two online discussion with the facilitators and other members of the Institute. The discussions will allow us to explore the literature together, create a learning community among the members and facilitators, and to allow participants to experience a “flipped” virtual classroom as a potential tool for their own use.

Virtual meetings begin August 24th; starting September 21st, participants will meet every other Friday from 12 pm – 1:30 pm[1] to discuss readings, create and peer review lesson plans, observe DVDs of instructors using active learning, and practice implementing their lesson plans in a supportive environment.  Lunch will be provided.

Meetings for the 2019 ALI begin on January 9th.

Schedule (2018) *Currently full:

August 24th 10:30 am – 12 pm (on Zoom)

September 7th 10:30 am – 12 pm (on Zoom)

September 21st 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

October 5th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

October 19th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

November 2nd 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

November 16th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

November 30th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

Schedule #1 (2019) *Currently full:

January 9th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

January 23rd 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

February 6th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

February 20th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

March 6th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

April 3rd 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

April 17th 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

May 1st 12 pm – 1:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

Schedule #2 (2019):

January 10th 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

January 24th 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

February 7th 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

February 21st 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

March 7th 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

April 4th 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

April 18th 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)

May 2nd 2 pm – 3:30 pm (AIRB 1030)


[1] The frequency of the meetings are subject to change as needed.