Active Learning Institute

The Active Learning Institute (ALI) helps you develop and implement evidence-based teaching strategies in your courses that will engage students, deepen their learning and make your teaching more efficient, effective and enjoyable.

2016 Active Learning Institute

November 30th and December 1st, 2016

The Active Learning Institute (ALI) helps Dartmouth faculty develop and implement evidence-based teaching strategies in their courses that will engage students, deepen learning and make teaching more efficient, effective and enjoyable.  This year, ALI has a thematic focus on active learning for inclusion.

Participating in ALI

By the end of ALI participants will able to

  • Create learning environments that welcome, challenge, and support students of all backgrounds, abilities and needs
  • Recognize and articulate explicit and implicit learning outcomes for students and align course design and teaching activities accordingly
  • Determine which active learning strategies are useful for particular student learning goals, and strategies that address diverse student populations and differences in opinion
  • Identify tools and techniques that can be used to support active learning
  • Describe basic cognitive science principles and their relationship to learning
  • Access appropriate college resources to support their teaching and course design

Participants will receive a $500 stipend for full participation in the two-day institute. Anyone holding a faculty teaching appointment at Dartmouth at any rank (Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Tuck, Geisel) is eligible to apply.

To apply, complete the online application by 9am on November 7, 2016.

The ALI planning committee will select a cohort of participants based on the following criteria:


  • Congruence between your goals and ALI program goals as specified above
  • Desire to form a cohort that can learn from and with each other.


Applicants accepted into this year’s institute will be notified by November 11, 2016.

Active Learning principles are shared with a companion program, the Librarians Active Learning Institute at Dartmouth.

Questions about ALI? Contact [email protected]

Quotes from Past Participants

“ALI is a phenomenal asset to this college. I not only learned valuable practical content, but I also find myself sharing these ideas with my colleagues in informal discussions. It’s rare to have a two-day workshop have such a strong positive impact.

All in all, the Institute ranks among my most productive professional education experiences.

“I do not think I could overstate how much the experience, authority, authenticity, intelligence, commitment, and enthusiasm of the facilitators and other participants defined my ALI experience. They helped me see how these techniques could be used and gave me the sense that it would be OK to try using them.

The ALI was a transformative experience for me. With no formal training in teaching methodology, the most useful component was overall, big picture, course design.

“Great program! I wish it had been available when I started teaching.

Past ALI Participants

  • Anatomy and Physiology (Geisel) - Virginia Lyons
  • Anthropology - Lourdes Gutierrez Najera (also LALACS), Kes Shroer (also Neukom Institute)
  • Art History - Marlene Heck
  • Biochemistry (Geisel) - Surachai Supattaphone
  • Biological Sciences - Kathryn Cottingham, Olga Zhaxbayeva
  • Business Administration - Ye Luan, Richard McNulty, Paul Gardent, Katy Milligan, Stephen Powell
  • Chemistry - Richard Stolzberg, Jon Kull
  • Classics - Julie Hruby
  • Community and Family Medicine (Geisel) - Carolyn Murray, Scottie Eliassen, Cathleen Morrow, Catherine Pipas, Tanya Luttinger, Christopher LaRocca
  • The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice - Honor Passow, Alice Andrews
  • Earth Sciences - Xiahong Feng
  • Economics - Parama Chaudhury
  • Education - Donna Coch
  • Engineering - Mary Kay Brown, Brendan Epps
  • English - Colleen Boggs, Michael Chaney, Mishuana Goeman (also NAS), Ivy Schweitzer (also WGST), Soyica Colbert
  • Epidemiology - Don Likosky
  • French & Italian - Michael Fodor, Nancy Canepa
  • Gastroenterology (Geisel) - Steve Bensen, Campbell Levy
  • Geography - Jonathan Chipman
  • Government - Lisa Baldez, James Murphy, Brendan Nyhan
  • History - Cecilia Gaposchkin, Leslie Butler, Robert Bonner
  • Infectious Disease (Geisel) - Timothy Lahey
  • Japanese - James Dorsey
  • Linguistics and Cognitive Science - David Peterson
  • Mathematics - Stephanie Treneer, Paige Rinker, Patricia Cahn, Katie Kinnaird, Lola Thompson, Sergi Elizalde, Kassie Archer, Scott LaLonde
  • Medicine (Geisel) - Mary Margaret Andrews
  • Microbiology - Charles Sentman
  • Neurology (Geisel) - Morris Levin
  • Pediatrics (Geisel) - Adam Weinstein
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology (Geisel) - Mark Smith
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology (Geisel) - Sarah Freemantle
  • Philosophy - Carey Heckman, Ann Bumpus
  • Physics & Astronomy - Robyn Millan, Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, Miles Blencowe, Brian Chaboyer, Kevin Wright
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences - Thalia Wheatley, Mark Detzer, David Bucci, Ann Clark, Jon Pfister, Catherine Norris, Siobhan Robinson, Ming Meng, Bradley Duchaine, Jay Hull
  • Public Health - Sharon McDonnell
  • Radiology (Geisel) - Petra Lewis
  • Religion - Reiko Ohnuma, Susan Ackerman, Christopher MacEvitt
  • Sociology - Janice McCabe
  • Spanish & Portuguese - Ana Merino
  • Women and Gender Studies - Zahra Ayubi
  • Writing and Rhetoric - Sara Chaney, Joshua Compton, Carl Thum, Jonna Mackin, Claudia Anguiano, Ellen Rockmore, Alan Taylor