May 2014 Teaching Seminar

“Making Collaborative Learning ‘Work’ Outside the Classroom: Integrating Theory, Research and Practice”

May 14, 15, & 16, 2014

Seminar Leader: Elizabeth F. Barkleyauthor of Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2010); Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

Sponsored by University College and the Faculty Professional Development Program

Involving students in collaborative learning is a powerful strategy for increasing student engagement. In this interdisciplinary, interactive seminar, Professor Barkley and Don Carter will guide teachers through all aspects of designing effective collaborative learning experiences in settings outside the typical classroom. Together they will

  1. synthesize the relevant theory, research and good practice literature regarding collaborative learning strategies for student engagement and discuss how this applies to settings beyond the classroom.
  2. provide practical guidance about how to structure the learning task, orient students, form groups, grade and evaluate collaborative assignments, and avoid and resolve common problems to create collaborative learning experiences within and outside the typical class meeting times.
  3. demonstrate and guide application of specific online collaborative learning techniques in six categories: discussion, problem solving, reciprocal peer teaching, graphic information organizing, writing, and games. 


Throughout the three-day seminar participants will have multiple opportunities to work on their own class designs guided by Professor Barkley and E-Learning Center professionals. Participants will leave the session with solid information about how to make collaborative learning 'work' outside the classroom in today's traditional and blended classes.

Woven throughout the seminar will be work related to traditional class formats, blended formats, and large and small class settings. This seminar will include discussion boards on BbLearn and the option of continuing the seminar work in a faculty learning community for 2014-15.

This Seminar seeks to primarily engage faculty who teach lower division, large enrollment classes.

Teaching Seminar Program Components
The faculty selected for the program will:
• Inaugurate seminar activities at an April orientation lunch
• Participate in the three-day workshop
• Participate in follow-up discussions with Seminar colleagues during the year following the seminar
• Submit a brief report at the end of each semester on the ways their teaching was influenced by the Seminar work and the impact of their work on student learning

Participating faculty may be eligible to receive a $1000 stipend for participation. 

Application period is now closed.

View participants of previous May seminars.

Contact Larry Gallagher, Director of Faculty Professional Development at or 523-7121 if you have questions.