Active Learning at Lunch is a faculty showcase focused on excellence and innovation in student-centered teaching. Join the Center for Teaching and Learning at noon Tuesday, Oct. 4, in ILC 315 for a session titled, “Connecting Ideas Across the Semester: Using Performance to Engage Students.” The faculty presenter for this session is Lisa McClain from the Department of History. Lunch is provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning.
In this Active Learning at Lunch session, McClain will share how she engages students throughout the semester in research, collaboration and creative activity to prepare for days of performance, complete with roles and costumes, in her Reformation History course. Her approach requires students to connect ideas and skills across different parts of the course and works for both students and instructor, with carefully thought-out logistics and the use of graduate students as mentors to undergraduates throughout the project. McClain will be joined by some of her former undergraduate and graduate students and all will be invited to think about how we build engagement over the course of a semester.