Active Learning Snapshot Survey



To have substantial, thoughtful and productive conversations about teaching and learning at UGA, we first need to know what is happening in the different classrooms across the university. What are the range of teaching practices being used by faculty at UGA?  Which active learning practices are faculty using in each College, and how does that relate to the types of spaces they teach in? How satisfied are faculty with student learning and engagement in their classes? How can the Office of Instruction and the Center for Teaching and Learning support faculty to attempt, refine, innovate with or sustain the use of active learning practices?

Why Active Learning?

We focus the pilot university-wide survey on active learning practices for a variety of reasons: First, the substantial research base on the efficacy of active learning practices—used alone or in addition to lecture—has systematically shown significant and positive effects on student learning (Baepler, Walker & Driessen, 2014; Freeman et al., 2014; Haak 1998;  Prince, 2004). Second, the 2017 Presidential Task Force on Student Learning and Success was asked to look at UGA’s undergraduate learning environment to identify rigorous educational experiences for students, and the 2018 State of the University address by President Morehead identified supporting faculty to implement active learning strategies as one of the key initiatives to enhance the learning environment for UGA students. 

Finally, we acknowledge that learning about active learning takes time and support. By taking this survey, you will help inform future faculty development opportunities related to active learning and teaching in general at UGA.  While this survey is not a complete inventory of all active learning strategies or approaches, it will provide us with important information for a university-wide conversation about active learning and its effective implementation within the different units and colleges. We welcome your feedback within the survey and in follow-up conversations to continue to develop a survey that represents the breadth and depth of active learning practices with which UGA faculty engage their students. 

Who should take the survey?

UGA full-time faculty of any rank. Even if you are not teaching a class this semester, we ask you to take the survey so that your participation can be counted towards your unit or college’s participation rate. As a thank you gift, the CTL will provide units or colleges that achieve high participation rates a collection of active learning resources and tools for their faculty. Post-doctoral scholars, part-time faculty and graduate students may email the CTL for a copy of the survey.  

What will be done with the results? Is it confidential?

Identifying information such as your name or email WILL NOT be collected. IP addresses will be deleted before data is aggregated and analyzed by the CTL. We ask for the name of your unit or college only so that we may aggregate the data by unit or college and record participation rates for use in awarding gifts. Data will be used to provide insight into how faculty are currently teaching to inform decision-making and development of professional learning opportunities for faculty through the CTL or other venues. The CTL share data with faculty and hold follow-up conversations by area (e.g., Life Sciences, Humanities, etc.)

How was this survey developed?

This pilot survey was developed through systematic development and refinement with feedback from UGA faculty. The available literature on research-based approaches to teaching at the post-secondary level was consulted, which included validated observational and self-report measures of faculty teaching practices. Because a majority of these validated measures were developed for use in STEM education, drafts of the survey were piloted with UGA faculty representing diverse disciplines and fields such as: Education, Environment and Design, Service Learning, Experiential learning, Anthropology, Psychology, Art, Engineering, Classics, Life Sciences, and Biological Sciences. As we look to refine the survey in subsequent semesters, we look forward to collecting your feedback both within the pilot survey itself and from follow up conversations by area. For more information, please contact Dr. Colleen M. Kuusinen, Assistant Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.