Active Learning Symposium

Join us for an exciting day of presentations concerning active learning.  This event is sponsored by the University of Idaho Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, and hosted by the College of Education Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning.

University of Idaho Commons
Clearwater & Whitewater Rooms
Monday, May 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 



Symposium Schedule:
(choose from concurrent sessions)

8:30 – 9:20
Breakfast & Registration

9:30 – 10:20 – Clearwater Room

Case Based Teaching with an Electronic Medical Record

Presenter: Dr. Dustin Worth - Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program

Presentation Link

Participants will learn creative ideas for incorporating technology, how to write discrete questions/answers for discussion versus grading, and the values of incorporating real-life experience in case based teaching. Presentation of a novel means of introducing first year medical students to an electronic medical record (EMR), with a focus, not on the mechanics of using the EMR, but on how such use pertains to patient care. A case-based scenario was modified for delivery within an EMR, making the active learning environment more realistic as students were expected to order studies or treatment themselves, rather than simply interpreting what was presented to them.


9:30 – 10:20 - Whitewater Room

Increasing Student Engagement with Universal Design for Learning Framework

Presenter: Dr. Alex Hollingshead - Curriculum & Instruction - University of Idaho

Slides Linked at bottom of page

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is based in neuroscience that identifies three critical networks of the brain: strategic, affective, and recognition (Rose, 2001; Rose & Meyer, 2000). Three principles of UDL (i.e.  multiple means of engagement, expression, and representation) emerged from the knowledge of these three brain networks and stem from the research stating that people differ in (a) how they process and understand information (i.e. recognition network), (b) how they organize and express thoughts and knowledge (i.e. strategic network), and (c) how they engage in learning and remain motivated (i.e. affective network) (Center on Applied Special Technology, n.d.). Traditional instructional strategies that do not align with UDL principles are based on the assumption that all students learn in the same way and should be assessed in the same way as well. This limited view on how we learn and process information has been creating obstacles for students to access information, to express their learning, and to engage in the learning process. This presentation will focus on the learner variability as well as the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints of UDL and make clear and practical connections to classroom instruction.

9:30 – 10:20 - Doceo Center - ED 341

Active Online Conversations with VoiceThread

Presenters: Dr. Davin Carr-Chellman (Leadership and Counseling) and Carie Saunders (DEE)

Dr. Davin Carr-Chellman will describe how his online students use VoiceThread's audio and video tools for more authentic discussions, and Carie Saunders will walk attendees through a demonstration on how you can use this tool for verbal conversations and online community-building.

10:30 – 11:20 – Clearwater Room

Exploring Our Backyard Wilderness: Interdisciplinary, Experiential, and Place-based Learning in Hells Canyon

Presenters: Dr. Amanda Van Lanen, Dr. Elizabeth Martin, & Dr. Marlowe Daly-Galeano - LCSC

Slides Linked at bottom of page

The Hells Canyon Institute at Lewis-Clark State College is an interdisciplinary general education capstone course in which students study Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge, from a variety of disciplinary lenses. In addition to regular meetings on campus, students spend a week living in the canyon in a field school where they learn firsthand about the canyon’s history, ecology, biodiversity, and culture. In this workshop, three of the faculty members (representing the disciplines of history, botany, and humanities) will briefly share the ways they bring their disciplinary training to this form of interdisciplinary, place-based, experiential learning. They will then facilitate a conversation, drawing from the experiences and questions of the participants, about how we can incorporate these forms of active learning into a variety of courses, both in the field and in a traditional campus setting.

10:30 – 11:20 – Whitewater Room

Starting Small - Converting a Single Lecture to an Active Format

Presenters: Dr. Dan Cordon and Dr. Sean Quallen - Mechanical Engineering - University of Idaho

Presentation Link

We will have a full group discussion where we come up with ideas for potential activities that would be useful across multiple disciplines. We'll poll interests, and form work groups (4-5 participants per group, with team roles assigned for each person). Once in these work groups, we will provide a guided set of questions that will will get the team designing an appropriate activity to get at their targeted objectives. The last part of the workshop will be each work group sharing what they came up with, and the other groups giving tips/feedback for implementation.

10:30 – 11:20 - Doceo Center - ED 341

5 Easy Pieces: Engaging Students with Interactive Strategies

Presenter: Ingrid Spence - Curriculum & Instruction - University of Idaho

Slides and Handouts Linked at bottom of page

This workshop will provide and practice 5 simple techniques for engaging your students, even in your large classes! Participants will learn and practice techniques for identifying and calling on students in large classrooms, providing opportunities to prepare for class participation, and establishing discussion groups.

11:30 – 1:00 – Whitewater Room


1:30 – 2:20 – Clearwater Room


Build Community: Create a Classroom Culture


Presenter: Jenny Scott - LCSC

Presentation Link


Consider and discuss the benefits of creating a "classroom culture" and how that establishes and enables a positive connection between students and between students and instructor. Build community with an engaging and interactive activity to develop a set of core values for the group.

1:30 – 2:20 – Whitewater Room


Learning in the Garden


Presenter: Jeanette Gara and Dr. Rachel Jameton - LCSC


Presentation Link


The Learning Garden and Outdoor Classroom provides access to fresh, locally-grown foods for the college and community. It offers a place to demonstrate sustainable gardening, to practice wellness techniques, and to implement place-based experiential educational opportunities. In this workshop, we will briefly summarize the context and history of the Learning Garden and Outdoor Classroom at LCSC. From this background, we will walk through the steps of developing co-taught experiential educational opportunities using the garden as an example.


1:30 – 2:20 - Doceo Center - ED 341


Tour the newly remodeled College of Education Building


Presenter: Cassidy Hall - Doceo Center


Presentation Link


This entire building redesign focused around flexibility with active learning as the center of attention. See the many examples of active learning spaces - both high tech and low tech.


2:30 – 3:20 – Clearwater Room


How to Discover Your Active Side in an Online Environment: A Beginner’s Guide


Presenter: Dr. Julie Magelky - LCSC


This presentation will take attendees through the process of how to develop active learning strategies for an online learning environment.

2:30 – 3:20 – Whitewater Room - (meet here to begin the tour)


Tour the IRIC Building


Presenter: Russell McClanahan


See many examples of technology enhanced active learning spaces in our newest building on campus.


2:30 – 3:20 - Doceo Center - ED 341


5 Technologies to Support Active Learning in Face-to-Face and Online Classrooms



You'll experience 5 technologies to support active learning from the student perspective and then discuss implications for successful implementation as the instructor. Session will include ideas for sharing and embedding within BbLearn. 


Videos from 2016 sessions can be found here.

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