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Pedagogies and Space to Advance Student Learning: The Value of Active Learning Classrooms

Dr Saichaie will define and detail the history of active learning classrooms, share evidence about their effectiveness, and address common challenges to teaching in the space, including how to utilize technology to advance student learning.

The DEMCI programme area is delighted to be hosting Dr Kem Saichaie, Associate Director of the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), during the week of August 26 to August 30. Dr Saichaie will be giving a number of workshops and open lectures during his time at UiS as well as sharing his experiences with Faculty Learning Communities at UC Davis. Kem works with faculty and graduate students across disciplines to investigate evidence-based pedagogical practices and integrate them into face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning spaces. He has led faculty learning community initiatives at UC Davis since 2016 and has overseen major course redesign efforts at UC Davis as part of the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) sponsored by the University of California Office of the President. Kem’s experience in higher education includes roles in academic technology, admissions, educational development, and as a faculty member. As an educator, Kem has taught courses at University of California, Davis, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. 

Kem is a leading voice in the active learning spaces community. He co-authored the best-selling book on the topic: A guide to teaching in the active learning classroom: History, research, and practice (with Paul Baepler, JD Walker, Christopher Brooks, and Christina Petersen). He is a leading contributor to the popular EDUCAUSE “7 things” series on Active Learning Classroom Research resource. In addition, Kem has published on an array of topics in higher education, including academic marketing, hybrid learning, instructional technology, organizational identity, student persistence, and writing assignments in online courses. He is the lead editor of a forthcoming New Directions in Teaching and Learning volume on graduate student professional development.

Kem was named an American Education Research Association (Division J – Postsecondary Education) Emerging Scholar in 2012.

This open lecture will address four primary questions and present answers to each question:

  • What are Active Learning Classrooms?
  • Where did they come from?
  • What evidence do we have that ALCs are effective?
  • How is teaching in an ALC different than a traditional classroom space?