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Here’s to an Autumn Term of active learning, fun and innovation!

The Active Learning Network Satellite Groups

The Active Learning Network is expanding! First of all, we would like to welcome our newest satellite groups to the network: Alison McManus at Durham University will be leading the network there. Roy Hanney will be doing similar at Solent University, Southampton and Gustavo Espinoza-Ramos will be leading a network group at Westminster University. Christian Stevens will be leading the satellite group at University of Wales Trinity St David. This now brings our satellite groups to ten with more in the pipeline. If you are interested in leading a satellite group at your institution, please do get in touch with us at activelearningnetwork@gmail.com.

Our 4th Active Learning Conference

Following the success of the 3rd Active Learning Conference at Sussex in June, we are now busy planning for the 4th Active Learning Conference. In line with our network ethos, this conference will now start to circulate around the satellite groups and in 2020, it will take place at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Watch the website for more details soon. We are, as ever, keen to make this as free to attend as possible so we are currently looking for sponsorship to enable this to happen. If you know anyone or any organisation who may be interested, again, please do get in touch.

The Autumn Term Theme

This Autumn, we are focusing on active learning in small groups. How do we bring active learning into seminars? How can we promote the use of active learning in small group teaching. We will be trialing some new “active” methods of collaboration and sharing of good practice so that we can, as a community, support each other in our efforts to make learning fun, effective and enjoyable for all! We will be kicking off this term’s theme with a focus on outdoor learning – let’s make the most of the good weather while we can.

We are now on Advance HE connect and OneHE!

We are now represented on both Advance HE connect and OneHE community sites. If you are a member of either, please do join our Active Learning Network group there. You will be able to access resources (all shared resources from the 3rd Active Learning Network conference are there), participate in webinars and discuss active learning in the forums.

Our first publication is out

This summer we published our first Active Learning book as an open access resource, in the true spirit of the Active Learning Network! Please take a look and feel free to feedback to us on this. There are chapters on everything from active essay writing, to planning and implementing a whole module of teaching, to team based learning. In the book, we try to present a “warts and all” approach, highlighting not just the steps we took but also what did work and what didn’t go to plan. The next book will be a collaborative effort from the satellite groups on the network so watch this space for more!

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