When the Active Learning Agenda Comes to Town
presented by Donna Lanclose
I want to get at the sense that active learning manifests as a range of practices and spaces, and the importance of institutional culture in helping (or getting in the way of) these initiatives. How can leadership work to provide the space for these unruly yet effective practices? How can we move beyond justifying the practices, and instead integrating them into our everyday notions of what teaching and learning are? What can the role of the library be, campus-wide, in making these practices possible, effective, visible, and sustainable? I will talk about the work I've been doing in our own active learning classrooms at UNC Charlotte, and also draw on recent work I've been engaging in around leadership and institutional change.
Donna is an anthropologist working with ethnographic methods and analysis to inform and change policy in higher education, in particular in and around libraries, learning spaces, and teaching and learning practices. She is Associate Professor for Anthropological Research at the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte. Donna has conducted anthropological research in libraries at University College London as well as at UNC Charlotte, and regularly presents workshops and talks in the US and the UK. She has worked with various institutions, including Carnegie Mellon, Parsons the New School, the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College (London), Kingston University (London), and the University of South Carolina (Upstate), on issues of digital practices and institutional change. She blogs about these and other projects at www.donnalanclos.com, and you can also find her on Twitter @DonnaLanclos.