The 2012 Academy e-Learning (AeL) Cohort Four will focus on participation by those teaching GE Pathway courses. Meetings are being held in February 2012 to orient teams to AeL topics and plans for the June institute. The purpose of AeL is to bring faculty together with colleagues to discuss how they teach, how students learn, and how educators can enhance learning by better engaging students with content and each another. A common misconception about AeL is that technology is often cited as its key component. Instead, rethinking how faculty teach and investigating innovative pedagogies that utilize current and emerging technologies are the focus. Ultimately both go hand in hand to build bridges between better classroom solutions and lifelong learning.
The curriculum for the AeL program has evolved since its inaugural roll out in 2009. Initially the Chico AeL support team members, drawing on the research of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), designed a curriculum for a three-week intensive workshop experience. Cornerstones of the program still involve sessions where faculty are encouraged to try new technologies and pedagogies and share what works and what doesn’t. Experimentation is stressed. Additionally, AeL Cohort members from the first three years are now sharing their wisdom, trials and successes with faculty new to the AeL community. This dialogue enriches conversations around how to best engage students in learning.
If you are interested to learn more, visit the website, or contact Laura Sederberg at x4326. Applications for teams are due by March 16, 2012 to your Dean.