NextGen: Faculty can transform large lectures into environments for experiential learning

CTP faculty fellows talk during an Aug. 20 retreat.
CTP faculty fellows talk during an Aug. 20 retreat.

NIU Vice Provost Anne Birberick is inviting faculty members to an upcoming interactive workshop on Next Generation Course Redesign, also known as NextGen, presented by Philip Turner and Brenda McCoy of the University of North Texas (UNT).

Turner and McCoy will share their successful model for transforming large lecture classes into environments of experiential learning. NextGen classes are redesigned to include online learning and engaging small-group activities.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Check-in and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. RSVP is requested by noon Wednesday, Sept. 19, to engage@niu.edu.

Deans, department chairs, Course Transformation Project (CTP) Fellows and faculty members who teach lecture courses are especially encouraged to attend.  CTP is hosting the event.

UNT’s Turner has served as a professor and academic dean and is author of “Next Generation Course Redesign,” while McCoy is a senior lecturer in UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

For more information on the workshop, contact Julia Spears, director of the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, at (815) 753-8152 or jspears1@niu.edu.

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