Active Co-Learning at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's motto

Virginia Tech’s motto: “Ut Prosim” (that I may serve)

Active Co-Learning is a relatively new concept for Virginia Tech which presents a wonderful opportunity to engage the academic community in dialogue about connections and networks in enhancing teaching/learning in higher education. To begin, we will participate in the Connected Courses course.

The goal of Connected Courses is

to build an inclusive and expansive network of teachers, students, and educational offerings that makes high quality, meaningful, and socially connected learning available to everyone.

In addition to individual participation in Connected Courses, we have invited graduate students and faculty to engage in lively conversation via this Blog and face-to-face gatherings throughout the semester.

The many programs at Virginia Tech supporting improving graduate students’ pedagogy present a perfect opportunity for VT to engage with the larger community concerned with open education and advanced pedagogy.  The VT Graduate School is leading the initiative in collaboration of TLOS/NLI thereby bringing together graduate students and faculty into a community of active learners.

This opportunity is linked with the Graduate School’s Transformative Graduate Education initiative which includes:

  • GTA training and the newly established Academy of Advanced Graduate Teaching Assistants (AAGTAs)
  • Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI)
  • Preparing the Future Professoriate (PFP)
  • Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE)
  • Communicating Science
  • Diversity and inclusion in a global society

Individuals from all around Virginia Tech including participants in these programs and others (especially the New Media seminar) will be blogging about their thoughts and experiences related to these programs, and we will aggregate their posts on this blog.

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