Try IT: Academic Tech for Active Learning

Event Schedule

Try IT: Academic Tech for Active Learning is a series of seven events centered around the theme of active learning – engaging students to think about and participate in their own learning processes. Each event will focus on a specific topic within active learning, exploring both pedagogical strategies that can be put into practice in the classroom and technological tools that can help implement those strategies. Faculty and instructors will share ways in which they have employed active learning in their own courses, and Academic Technology Solutions (ATS) staff will demonstrate some of the tools that are available. This event series will be held in a hybrid format, with attendance possible both in-person and virtually. It is open to all faculty, instructors, TAs, and staff who support classroom pedagogy.

Next Event

First Steps: Easy Strategies for Active Learning

In this first installment of our Active Learning series, we will consider strategies for active learning that are straightforward, can be implemented quickly, and use tools readily available in the UChicago-supported toolkit. Come to see how you can engage students and empower them to own their learning by introducing these easy strategies into your course.

Thursday, April 20, 3:30 – 5pm in Crerar 298 and on Zoom. All activities are open both to in-person and virtual attendees. Light snacks will be provided in Crerar. RSVP Now


3:25: Zoom Room Opens (Zoom Registration Link)

3:30: Introduction and Opening Remarks (Allison Kallo, ATS; Sam Harris, CCTL)

3:50: Faculty/Staff Presentation (Britni Ratliff, Dept. of Chemistry; Hannah Lant, Dept. of Chemistry; Brent Barker, CCTL)

4:15: Discussion — Feel free to share your own experiences of active learning!

4:35: Demos of Teaching Tools for Active Learning

Forthcoming Events


Spring 2023

Bit by Bit: Organize Your Classroom Content into Microlectures

In the second session, attendees will explore how their teaching can benefit from microlectures: short videos focusing on a particular concept or skill and punctuated by an active learning exercise. We will focus on the pedagogy behind microlectures, the UChicago-supported tools you can use to create them, and identify areas in your work where microlecture approaches can support your instructional goals.

Thursday, April 27, 3:30 – 5pm in Crerar 298 and on Zoom. Light snacks will be provided in Crerar. RSVP Now

Autumn 2023

Taking the Temperature: A “Poll for Every Occasion” Poll Everywhere & Real-Time Feedback

Date and Time: TBD

Reading Together: Social Annotation with Hypothesis In and Out of the Classroom

Date and Time: TBD

Beyond the Board: Dynamic and Flexible Discussion Activities with Ed Discussion

Date and Time: TBD

Winter 2024

Topic: Panopto Video (Title TBD)

Date and Time: TBD

Topic: Wrap it up – Share what you tried (Title TBD)

Date and Time: TBD