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: A Recipe for Overcoming Barriers to Transforming Courses.” Smock will outline the project’s goals and approaches, and Lindsay will share the specific ways that he is implementing active learning in his introductory biology course. They will also discuss challenges faced at both the project and individual course level, as well as share data compiled through the fall 2012 semester.
In addition to presenting with Lindsay, Smock will be accepting the “Innovative Use of MERLOT Award” on behalf of NMU and the Catalysts Project. The project is being recognized for how it is both using MERLOT as a tool for locating professional development resources and integrating with MERLOT for disseminating news and information with the Active Learning Catalysts Teaching Commons. Smock will attend the awards luncheon on April 10 and give a presentation about how the Catalysts project utilizes MERLOT on April 9.