The International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms (IFALC) at the University of Minnesota focuses on advancing practice and research on active learning classrooms.
The IFALC features session formats designed to provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate innovative practices and research that leverage the advantages of technology-enhanced learning spaces and active learning pedagogies.
The IFALC brings together a wide variety of institutions to:
- examine common issues affecting the effective use of these spaces and chart a path for their resolution.
- share successful practices that have enriched the undergraduate experience in active learning classrooms.
- build and deepen networks with colleagues in order to advance their campus efforts.
- support and encourage a diverse cohort of prospective students.
- form networks across planning departments with a goal of connecting teaching and learning strategies to physical space requirements through collaborative workshops.
This forum is framed by the alignment between the use of new learning spaces and achieving the academic priorities of many universities and colleges such as increased retention, improved graduation rates, student engagement, emerging technologies and global learning. Since these priorities are of broad interest to all working in higher education, international participation is most welcome.
The International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms will be held at the University of Minnesota Rochester, a campus dedicated to innovation in higher education. Located in the heart of Med City, the University of Minnesota Rochester is empowering graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.
Most conference meetings and presentations for the Forum will take place in University Square of the University of Minnesota Rochester campus. Classroom spaces within this building serve as a model space for the design of a 21st century education.