Engaged Learning Institute (ELI)

Faculty are encouraged to apply to and participate in the new Engaged Learning Institute (ELI). The ELI is offered by the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation, under the auspices of the Division of Teaching and Learning.

Applications for the 2018 – 2019 ELI will be available in Spring 2018.

Why Have an Engaged 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 spring 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 eventually other designated Active Learning Classrooms. Successful participation in and completion of the Engaged 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 retroactively certified by contacting the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation at dteidevelop@uci.edu or by calling 824-6060.

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

Participants in the ELI 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 ELI 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 3rd; starting October 6, 2017, participants will meet every other Friday from 10:30-12:00[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.


July 18:       Selected readings & assignment #1 mailed to participants

August 3:    Virtual discussion 9:30-11:00; assignment #2 provided (due 8/17)

August 17:  Virtual discussion 9:30-11:00; assignment #3 provided (due 9/1)

Sept.1 1:      (No meeting) Assignment #3 due

Sept. 12:      In-person workshop 10:30-12:00 (lunch included)

Oct. 6:          In-person workshop 10:30-12:00 (lunch included)

Oct. 20:        In-person workshop 10:30-12:00 (lunch included)

Nov. 3:         In-person workshop 10:30-12:00 (lunch included)

Nov. 17:       In-person workshop 10:30-12:00 (lunch included)

Dec. 1:         In-person workshop 10:30-12:00 (lunch included)


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