Spring 2014 Course: Exploring New Technologies for Active Learning: Maximizing Student Engagement


The knowledge base for the STEM classroom has shifted markedly in recent years. Popular and well-studied strategies, including the use of flipping, MOOCs, embedded audio/video and videoconferencing have all become part of the STEM classroom standard operating procedure for teaching and learning. In this class, students will learn how to effectively utilize these teaching/learning strategies in the STEM classroom, and will have the opportunity to use these strategies in actual learning situations.


  • Instructor: Dr. Mary Besterfield-Sacre; Associate Professor and  Director of Engineering Education Research Center
    Facilitator: Janet L. Littrell, Director of Distance Learning at Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Duration of course: January 21, 2014 - April 15, 2014 *Please note change in start and end date*
  • Synchronous meeting times: every Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 ET/12:30-1:30 CT/ 11:30-12:30 MT/ 10:30-11:30 PT
  • Format: Weekly hour long synchronous sessions in Blackboard Collaborate on Tuesdays. The first session will be January 21th and last will be on April 15th.
  • Credits: 1 credit.  Students may participate with or without credit, as they prefer.
  • Course Type: Graduate course
  • Open To: Early or advanced  CIRTL Network graduate students, post docs, academic staff and faculty
  • Technologies: Blackboard Collaborate, Moodle, email