Experiencing Engaging Education 2015

Winter Faculty Institute and PBL Workshop

“University courses should be less lecture oriented and focused more on student engagement.” —
Evidence-Based Teaching
. Edited by William Buskist and James Groccia.
Series: New Directions In Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Winter, 2011.

This 2.5-day workshop on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus focuses on extensions of problem-based learning into three contexts:

Project-Based Learning: Team-based, problem-solving activity that delivers a significant, clearly-communicated, and useful product for a real or hypothetical client.

Design-Based Learning: Team-based, problem-solving activity that relies on the principles of design thinking, including rapid prototyping and iterative modeling.

Studio-Based Learning: Open-space, individualized, iterative instruction in the form of modeling, critique, guidance, and support.

The workshop will engage multiple faculty-leaders from various disciplines at the University of Delaware, all united in their commitment to active, engaged forms of teaching and learning. We will feature sites of engaged learning on campus: team rooms, science labs, design studios, Faculty Commons, and Venture Development Center. Topical presentations will alternate with curricular development activities by led by allied faculty. The concluding session on Friday will feature lightning-round presentations by teams of participants. Faculty and teacher participants are encouraged from all disciplines and educational institutions.

Program overview
This event is project-based and team-based.  As much as possible, full participation throughout the 2.5 days is appreciated for the integrity of the project and team work.

Day 1 program, Feb 4, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (breakfast and registration start at 7:45 a.m.)

  • Get introduced to project-based learning, design-based learning, and studio-based learning.

  • Choose 2 of the 3 case study workshops on project-based learning, design-based learning, and studio-based learning.

Day 2 program, Feb 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (breakfast starts at 7:45 a.m.)

  • Ann Hill Duin

    Ann Hill Duin

    Keynote: Engage! Designing for connected futures

    The keynote speaker will be Ann Hill Duin, from the University of Minnesota (UM). Duin is a Professor, Writing Studies, in UM’s College of Liberal Arts; Director of Graduate Studies, UM Scientific and Technical Communication Program; and a Senior Affiliate, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education at UM.  Ann’s ‘students first’ approach will set the stage for the hands-on workshops,

    Ann is one of the editors of a recent e-book, Cultivating Change in the Academy, that “showcases a sampling of academic technology projects” designed to “inspire other faculty and staff to consider, utilize, or perhaps even develop new solutions that have the potential to make their efforts more responsive, nimble, efficient, effective, and far-reaching.” (Ann Hill Duin, Edward A. Nater, Farhad X. Anklesaria. “Introduction.” Cultivating Change in the Academy. University of Minnesota. 2012.)

  • A team formation session will follow the keynote session. Participants will form teams at this time.

  • Teams will disperse and attend skill-based sessions that support their team’s charge.

  • Guided project work as teams of participants.

Day 3 program, Feb 6, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: (breakfast starts at 7:45 a.m.)

  • Each team of participants will prepare and complete their projects.

  • Each team of participants will present a one-minute lightning round.

  • Each team of participants will present a poster session.

Featured University of Delaware faculty:

  • James Atlas, Computer & Information Sciences
  • Jules Bruck, Landscape Design
  • Jenni Buckley, Mechanical Engineering
  • Martha Carothers, Art
  • Allan Carlsen, Theatre
  • Jim Casey, English, The Colored Conventions Project
  • Kelly Cobb, Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • Jon Cox, Art
  • Amy Cowperthwait, Nursing
  • Asia Dowtin, Geography, Colored Conventioned Project
  • John Jungck, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Labs
  • Matt Kinservik, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Tony Middlebrooks, School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Adebanjo Oriade, Science Education
  • Mia Papas, Behavioral Health & Nutrition
  • Sarah Patterson, English, The Colored Conventions Project
  • John Pelesko, Mathematical Sciences
  • Dustyn Roberts, Mechanical Engineering
  • Karen Rosenberg, Anthropology
  • Mark Serva, Accounting & MIS
  • Renate Wuersig, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories


The event is sponsored by partners of Faculty Commons:

  • Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL)

  • Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE)

  • Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL)

  • IT Academic Technology Services (IT-ATS)

  • University of Delaware Library


               $300 for off-campus participants

               $100 for public school teachers

               Free to UD community

Local Arrangements

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“We all want engaged students, students who want to learn, who generate questions and ideas, who need to be reminded that class has ended,” said Tony Middlebrooks, associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration. “The February 2015 program is a great opportunity for those who teach at the university level to develop their thinking, teaching skills and courses around an active learning strategy.”

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