Faculty Development

  • Active Learning Ambassadors

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?

Casey terHorst: Active Learning Ambassador Lead
Department of Biology
College of Science and Mathematics
Jacob Hinkel-Lipsker
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health & Development
Grishma Bhavsar
Department of Health Sciences
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Daniel Tamae
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics
Melissa Tindage
Department of Communication Studies
College of Arts, Media & Communication
Ravinder Abrol
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics
Kunpeng Li
Department of Systems & Operations Management
College of Business and Economics
Danielle Jarvis
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health & Development
Stefanie Drew
Department of Psychology
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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



Tim Watson
Department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures
College of Humanities

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 today!