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IU launches teaching, learning initiative with luncheon to announce faculty fellows

Event will feature announcement of faculty fellows, presentation by prominent active learning expert

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University faculty members and staff are working to expand IU’s use of active learning spaces and teaching strategies. They are gathering on Friday to take part in the first formal event of the university’s new Mosaic Active Learning Initiative.

Mosaic launches with the campus-wide Inaugural Mosaic Luncheon at 11:30am on January 22 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center on the Bloomington campus, where leaders will announce the first group of Mosaic Faculty Fellows and present a prominent speaker in the field.

(“Active learning” refers to a teaching style that encourages teamwork and collaboration in contrast to more traditional lecture-based methods of instruction. Active learners work in groups to solve problems and understand concepts, often in tech-rich classrooms with flexible furniture.)

Dennis Groth, IU Bloomington vice provost for undergraduate education, and Anastasia Morrone, IU associate vice president for learning technologies, will introduce IU’s Mosaic Active Learning Initiative, the Mosaic Faculty Fellows, and share the university’s plans for the multi-campus active learning initiative.

The luncheon will also feature Adam Finkelstein, a leading authority on active learning at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, who will discuss new approaches to active learning and the research behind teaching and learning in the Mosaic spaces.

"The Mosaic initiative is squarely aligned with the IU Bloomington strategic plan and our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning," said Groth. "The main objective of the Mosaic Faculty Fellows program is to build a community of faculty members who will collaborate with their peers on the best ways to maximize IU’s growing number of active learning spaces."

"The fellows are a diverse group of faculty with a wide range of pedagogical goals, but they are all committed to active learning and truly engaging their students," said Morrone. "I’m excited to see how the fellows will work together to influence and inform the future design of IU’s active learning spaces."

The members of the first class of Mosaic Faculty Fellows are:

  • Tessa Bent, associate professor, speech and hearing sciences
  • Virginia Hojas Carbonell, lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Kalani Craig, clinical assistant professor, history
  • J Duncan, lecturer, informatics and computing
  • Julie Knapp; clinical assistant professor; recreation, park and tourism studies
  • Erika Lee, lecturer, informatics and computing
  • Elaine Monaghan, professor of practice, journalism
  • Dan Richert, lecturer, informatics and computing
  • Jill Robinson, senior lecturer, chemistry
  • Susan Siena, lecturer, public and environmental affairs
  • Arvind Verma, associate professor, criminal justice

The luncheon is the first event in the two-day Mosaic Institute, where Faculty Fellows will take part in invitation-only activities and collaborative workshops to help them develop new approaches to active learning and better engage students.

IU launched the Mosaic initiative in fall 2015 at IU Bloomington with plans to expand to all campuses in the 2016-17 academic year. Mosaic will provide a comprehensive set of services and strategies supporting faculty teaching in active learning spaces. The initiative is named Mosaic in reference to the diverse, flexible and tech-rich environments that enable collaborative learning.