Staying Active

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our learning space design team values
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faculty input so these workshops are
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imperative to us for gathering the
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real-world data what's really necessary
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for the faculty beats successful with
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their students in the classroom this
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type of design suppose iam is a great
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way for my team to to measure our
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progress it's a great way to hear where
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the instructors are now what they're
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struggling with now and where they would
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like to be in the future having that
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brainstorming opportunity with with
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fellow faculty is is invaluable one
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thing I really enjoyed about today's
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workshop was the ability to talk to
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faculty from multiple campuses it was
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really collaborative even if we were
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thinking about spaces that we normally
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teach in to see how familiar some of the
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concepts needed to be across all the
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spaces it's really great that faculty
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are considered when new spaces are built
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I think that's the right way to do
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things
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André Buchenot, associate professor of English at IUPUI, teaches classrooms full of first-year students as well as smaller graduate-level courses. His experience in the Mosaic Faculty Fellows, a year-long program training faculty to use active learning practices in the classroom, gives him an innovative outlook on instruction.

Active learning tools can be as simple as configurable furniture and whiteboards, or as complex as sharing information wirelessly on classroom screens—the goal is a space where students and instructors can have a robust exchange of ideas.

Through IU’s Mosaic Initiative, Buchenot gained insights that changed his teaching.

“Mosaic introduced me to networks of support and development that I didn’t know existed on campus. Talking to instructors from other campuses and disciplines expanded my perspective of teaching happening on campus, and what could happen in my own classroom,” Buchenot said. “And I was impressed with the way Mosaic trains instructors to become leaders—there’s something to be said for having someone on your campus who understands active learning spaces and can share their knowledge with you.”

Mosaic by the numbers

100Mosaic fellows

58disciplines or departments represented among Mosaic fellows

900+general-inventory classrooms supported by UITS