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Active Learning Ambassadors

What is Active Learning?

Active learning is an instructional method that engages students in the learning process and requires students to do meaningful learning activities. Students who participate in active learning are challenged to think about what they are doing rather than passively receiving information from their instructor. While there are many approaches to active learning, the core elements are student activity and engagement in the learning process.

What are Active Learning Ambassadors?

The Active Learning Ambassadors program consists of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, passionate about promoting active learning techniques in the classroom. This group meets on a monthly basis to discuss current pedagogical techniques, as well as host workshops, open to the campus community to attend. Topics cover a wide range of areas, including assessment techniques, innovating technology into your classroom, and forming effective group dynamics.

Who are the Active Learning Ambassadors?

Ravinder AbrolActive Learning Ambassador Co-Lead
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Math

Tim WatsonActive Learning Ambassador Co-Lead
Department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures
College of Humanities

Grishma Bhavsar
Department of Health Sciences
College of Health & Development

Stefanie Drew
Department of Psychology
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Ellen Edeburn
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education 

Jacob Hinkel-Lipsker
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health & Development

Danielle Jarvis
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health & Development


Greg Knotts
Department of Elementary Education
College of Education

Jennifer Pemberton
Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling
College of Education

Daniel Tamae
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics

Casey terHorst
Department of Biology
College of Science and Mathematics

Melissa Tindage
Department of Communication Studies
College of Arts, Media & Communication

Jenn Wolfe
Department of Secondary Education
College of Education

Li Ye
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Math

Past Workshops

Checking for Understanding: Classroom Assessment Techniques, Technology to Build Community: In and out of your classroom,  Engaging Students: Teaching tools inside and outside the classroom

How can I learn more and get involved?

Have an idea for a topic? Have a question about active learning in your discipline? Want to know more? Contact your ambassador and/or email facdev@csun.edu.

Where is FacDev located?

Valera Hall 215 (formerly University Hall)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8473


How can I contact FacDev?



Who are the people in FacDev?

FacDev Base Team
Faculty Affiliates
Faculty Peer Reviewers
New Faculty Foundations Committee
Pathways to Tenure Grant Review Committee
Active Learning Ambassadors
eLearning Ambassadors