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Leonard, Smock heading to CMU’s CEEIRSS conference

Catalyst project co-leads Jill Leonard and Matt Smock are heading to the “Creating Environments that Engage, Inspire and Retain STEM Students”(CEEIRSS) conference to be hosted by Central Michigan University this Saturday, March 22.  Dr. Bob Beichner, who will be speaking … Continue reading

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New Jamrich Hall to include three technology-enhanced active learning classrooms

Active learning has been a big part of discussions throughout the planning, design, and construction process for the new Jamrich Hall.  Lectures halls will have two rows per tier to facilitate group work, and flat classrooms will be a mix … Continue reading

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Dr. Robert Beichner, SCALE-UP originator, to visit NMU

NMU’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is excited to welcome Dr. Robert Beichner to campus this Friday, March 21st. Dr. Beichner, an award winning educator and leader in researching and developing active learning spaces, will be leading two workshops … Continue reading

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Different Courses Different Styles

We are coming to the end of my second year using our new Active Learning classroom and, as usual, instead of getting on with my grading I have been thinking of other things… in this case, how much my different … Continue reading

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Lindsay, Smock Preparing for Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies Conference Presentations

Biology Catalyst Alec Lindsay and Matt Smock (Instructional Design and Technology) will be representing the Active Learning Catalysts project at next month’s Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning symposium.  On April 10, Smock and Lindsay will present “Catalyzing Active Learning: … Continue reading

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Active Learning Catalysts Presentation at ELI Conference Well Received

Matt Smock here, with a belated post on the ELI Annual Meeting:  J.D. Phillips and I attended this conference during the first week of February and presented a poster about the Catalysts Project.  It was the first poster presentation for … Continue reading

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Smock, Phillips to Present on Active Learning Catalysts at ELI Annual Meeting

Originally posted on 1/31/13 Project leads Matt Smock and J.D. Phillips will be making a poster presentation at next week’s EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative annual meeting (the third project lead Jill Leonard, just back from her own poster presentation at the … Continue reading

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Catalysts Project to be Highlighted at ET4 Symposium

Originally posted on 7/13/12 Project team member Matt Smock is traveling to Las Vegas, NV the week of July 23rd for the Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning symposium. He will be participating in a panel participation called “MERLOT on the … Continue reading

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Teaching Commons (almost) Ready to Go Live (finally)

Originally posted on 7/13/12 After several months of sporadic development, the MERLOT Teaching Commons for the NMU Active Learning Catalysts is almost ready for its official debut. We will be adding a bit more information over the weekend, then if … Continue reading

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Studio Classroom Fully Booked for Fall 2012 Semester

Originally posted on 7/13/12 NMU’s Active Learning Studio classroom has a very full schedule of courses for the upcoming Fall 2012 semester.  The room is booked almost solidly from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and there is … Continue reading

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