Resistance is Futile: Strategies for Building Resilience for Active Learning (plenary session)


Thursday, May 2, 2019 (Plenary Session at the Festival of Teaching and Learning)
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (lunch provided from 12:05 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Lower Level L1-190

Presenters: Renette Bertholet (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences), Sheryl Gares (Augustana), Mark Hall (Physical Therapy), Hani Henein (Chemical and Materials Engineering), Valentina Kozlova (Economics), Michelle Spila (Science, Learning and Innovation), Valentin Villatoro (Laboratory Medicine & Pathology)

Why do students resist active learning? Over the past academic year, a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) of 10 instructors at the University of Alberta’s North and Augustana campuses regularly met at the Centre for Teaching and Learning to explore this question. In this FoTL Plenary, members of this FLC, who come from diverse fields and varying years of teaching experience, describe their process and findings in terms of: how students resist, how resistance to active learning can be overcome, why resilience for active learning should be fostered in our students, and how resistance and resilience manifest within the university beyond the classroom.


Annotated Bibliography Is there a relationship between student resilience and resistance to active learning? (PDF)