WORKSHOP: Supporting Active Learning in Gateway Courses through Multigenerational Teams (90 mins)


  • Jessica Rosenberg
  • Jill Nelson
  • Kathryn Fernández
  • Julie Shank
  • Bob Sachs
  • Jaime Lester



Studies across the STEM disciplines have shown that active learning improves student engagement, retention, and understanding, with the largest impact on women and previously low-achieving students. Embedding active learning into large enrollment gateway has the potential to improve outcomes for thousands of students every year, but effecting large-scale change across multiple instructors, sections, and courses is challenging. As part of an NSF-funded project, we are building and supporting multi-generational teams consisting of faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and undergraduate learning assistants to help make active learning a more integral part of the classroom experience in gateway courses. The goal of this session is to share different models we have used to build and support these teams and open a discussion about how other units might create and support teams to bring active learning to more Mason classr

Author Biographies

Jessica Rosenberg

College of Science

Jill Nelson

Volgenau School of Engineering

***TEA 2014 Winner***

Kathryn Fernández

College of Science

Julie Shank

College of Education and Human Development

Bob Sachs

College of Science

***DJK 2012 Winner***

Jaime Lester

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

***TEA 2013 Winner***






2021 THURSDAY 10:00am-11:30am