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Active Learning Leaders


The 7th annual Active Learning Leaders Conference is Saturday January 25th, 8:30am-3:30pm!

Presenter Proposals

Would you like to present an awesome active learning instructional strategy at this years conference?  Presenters get FREE registration!  Presenter Proposals are due Friday November 22nd (just before Thanksgiving break).

Submit a presenter proposal today!

Conference Registration

Don’t miss early registration to save $15!  Early registration closes the last day of 2019, December 31st!

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What do past participants like about the conference?

  • Actively learning while learning active learning techniques. It’s nicely designed
  • All the break-out sessions were great and it was difficult to narrow down and appreciated that some sessions were repeated at different times.
  • Content of sessions- lots of great ideas. really well organized – great food! Connection with other educators.
  • Each of the workshops I attended offered techniques that will be easy to implement.
  • Everything was worthwhile. The presenters were encouraging and engaging. I learned something in every session.
  • So many fantastic ideas! Loved the agenda booklet too — room for notes & sticky note contacts
  • The location in Rancho Bernardo and the hand outs. A relaxed, calm and informal atmosphere made any tension float away.
  • The practical, in class activities some of the presenters offered. Also the diversity of fields and experiences represented
  • The variety of topics offered. The hands-on activities. Well organized, delicious food, thank you!
  • This conference is always an inspiration and helpful. It provides practical tools to improve the classroom experience.
  • This is my first time so I liked everything! Leaving with great ideas.
  • This is my second and it is just incredible. So motivating and interesting! I feel energized and will attend again next year!
  • This is my third year attending and I learn something new every year!
  • This was awesome! so many great ideas!
  • What I like the best where the applications. They let us see how to implement the ideas and kept us engaged

What Is Learner-Centered Teaching?

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:
Ref: Handelsman, et al., 2004: Scientific Teaching, Science: Vol. 304 no. 5670 pp. 521-52.


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