Welcome to the Palomar College Active Learning Leaders (ALL)!
We are a group of faculty from Palomar College who have come together through our shared passion for teaching and learning. We work together to host an annual learner-centered teaching conference, for teachers who are interested in creating an active learning environment in their classrooms.
What Is Learner-Centered Teaching?
- Is where the focus is on the student as learner.
- Seeks to improve student learning and success, rather than on the mere transmission of information.
- Describes a concept and a practice in which students and professors learn from one another.
- Proposes a global shift away from instruction that is fundamentally teacher-centered (such as a traditional lecture
- Focuses on learner-centered teaching using active learning techniques (termed “guide on the side”).
- Not intended to diminish the importance of the instructional side of the classroom experience.
- Includes other activities that produce desirable learning outcomes.
- Articulate what they expect students to learn
- Designs educational experiences to advance student learning
- Provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their success in achieving those expectations.
Adapted from: Learner-Centered Teaching and Education (A University of Southern California Resource for Faculty) at: http://cet.usc.edu/resources/teaching_learning/docs/LearnerCentered_Resource_final.pdf
Ref: Handelsman, et al., 2004: Scientific Teaching, Science: Vol. 304 no. 5670 pp. 521-52.
The video below is full of “aha” moments from the spring 2015 conference participants:
Why should you register for the conference?
Who are the Active Learning Leaders?