International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms

August 9-11, 2017
Robert H. Bruininks Hall
University of Minnesota
222 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota

The 2017 International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms (IF-ALC) at the University of Minnesota focuses on advancing practice and research on active learning classroom spaces. The IF-ALC features session formats (see the Submission Guidelines) designed to provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate innovative practices and research that leverage the advantages of technology-enhanced learning spaces and active learning pedagogies.

Formerly known as the National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, the IF-ALC significantly expanded its reach to international institutions over the years since the inaugural conference in 2011. We enthusiastically invite our international colleagues to present at or attend the Forum this year. Our goal is for all participants to: a) examine issues influencing the effective use of these spaces, b) share successful practices that enrich the student and faculty experience, and c) build and deepen networks with colleagues to advance your campus efforts.

Forum Location

Founded in 1851 as the state’s land-grant institution, the University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. Located in the heart of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area, the campus is minutes from downtown Minneapolis. The Twin Cities campus is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River and on the rolling hills of Saint Paul.

Most conference meetings and presentations will take place in Robert Bruininks Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. Opened in fall 2010, Bruininks Hall features 14 active learning spaces that can accommodate class sizes of 27 to 171 students along with lecture-based spaces that seat 236 students. A wide variety of disciplines conduct their courses in this building each year, and it continues to serve as a model space for the design of a 21st century education.

 Join the Conversation

We invite you to join the conversation about the International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms by tweeting about the Forum or posting updates to your LinkedIn and Facebook pages. The Forum hashtag is #ifalc2017. Type this hashtag in your tweets/posts to continue the Forum conversation; you may also search Twitter for this hashtag to view the tweets online. These social media efforts will help participants network and meet new colleagues prior to and during the Forum.

University of Minnesota Bruininks Hall
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At a Glance

Final Program Schedule

Summary of Abstracts

Register Online Here

Steering Committee:
David Langley (Chair), Center for Educational Innovation
Paul Baepler, Center for Educational Innovation
John Knowles, Office of Classroom Management
Robin Wright, College of Biological Sciences

For registration questions please contact:

Christine Preston
612-624-4754 or
Kristi Fischer

For program questions please contact:
David Langley