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Mosaic Active Learning Initiative launches in select classrooms

September 27, 2016

In an era of evolving technology and new approaches to teaching in higher education, Indiana University’s Mosaic Active Learning Initiative is transforming the classroom experience for students and faculty.

"This initiative not only adds to the body of research on active learning spaces, it also helps fulfill the priorities of IUPUI’s strategic plan by creating new and innovative classroom spaces and preparing faculty to teach in these spaces,” said Stacy Morrone, IU associate vice president, learning technologies. "Instructors who teach in Mosaic classrooms find that they can implement research-based approaches to active and collaborative learning more easily in spaces designed to support student engagement.”

The initiative is named Mosaic to reflect the rich diversity of learning spaces that meet widely varying instructional needs -- much like the many unique tiles that comprise a mosaic.

Students collaborate on an assignment.

Students collaborate on an assignment.

To commemorate the launch, a luncheon was held at IUPUI’s University Tower Ballroom on Friday, Sept. 9. IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Johnson introduced the new IUPUI Mosaic Faculty Fellows, a cohort of faculty members who will explore active and collaborative approaches to student engagement in Mosaic classrooms.

“I am so pleased that we are bringing this initiative to IUPUI. Mosaic offers our students the chance to learn in a style that meets their needs and allows our faculty to maximize the effectiveness of their teaching,” said Johnson. “Our campus also has several classrooms that are equipped for active learning. I believe the Mosaic Initiative will help keep us a step ahead as higher education continues to evolve, ensuring that IUPUI remains competitive with its peers.”

During the luncheon, two leading researchers on active learning, the University of Minnesota’s Christina Petersen, Ph.D., and J.D. Walker, Ph.D., shared their research on and experiences teaching in active learning spaces.

After the luncheon, attendees were invited to an informal question-and-answer forum with Petersen and Walker, held in Hine Hall and hosted by IUPUI’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

The luncheon marked the beginning of IUPUI’s Mosaic Faculty Fellows program, a one-year commitment to transforming approaches to student engagement and contributing to the development of IUPUI’s learning spaces.

Participants in the Mosiac Project, now in IUPUI classrooms.

The inaugural Mosaic Faculty Fellows were chosen because of their commitment to transforming approaches to student engagement.

IUPUI’s inaugural Mosaic Faculty Fellows are:

Shawn Boyne, professor, law

André Buchenot, assistant professor, English

Lisa Contino, senior lecturer, psychology

Rob Elliott, lecturer, computer informatics and graphic technology

Erin Engels, clinical assistant professor, political science; director of paralegal studies

Nancy Evans, trustee lecturer, computer informatics and graphic technology

Patrick Kinsman, lecturer, art history

Brian Krohn, assistant professor, tourism, conventions and event management

Modupe Labode, associate professor, history and museum studies; public scholar, African American history and museums

Gina Londino, senior lecturer, chemistry

Kathleen Marrs, associate professor, biology

Meg Moorman, assistant clinical professor, community and health systems

Jenny Nelson, lecturer, earth science

Audrey Ricke, lecturer, anthropology

Liugen (Louie) Zhu, lecturer, informatics and computing

“The most exciting part of this initiative is the opportunity to work with and learn from a group of faculty that is leading active learning efforts at IUPUI, and is diverse in experience and in disciplines,” added Jenny Nelson, a Mosaic Faculty Fellow and lecturer at IUPUI. “The Mosaic Faculty Fellows program provides a unique opportunity to not only learn about active learning teaching techniques, but also to collaborate with other faculty who share a similar interest in applying these techniques to the classroom.”

Learn more about the Mosaic Active Learning Initiative.

Note: This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting IUPUI's Strategic Plan initiatives.

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