MnSCU Partnership > Partnership Workshops > Bemidji Workshop, April 2009

Spring PKAL Workshop Series - Bridging Disciplines

Active Learning Strategies: Project Kaleidoscope Across the Disciplines
April 24 - 25, 2009
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

This workshop is designed for college faculty from all disciplines to examine Pedagogies of Engagement that have been shown to be effective in STEM classrooms. Featured pedagogies are Reacting to the Past, Interactive Lecture Techniques, Clickers, and more. You will have time and space to work on collaborative projects for use in your classroom.

Registration, Directions, Hotel Information


We extend a special invitation to faculty from disciplines outside of STEM as many of the Pedagogies of Engagement are effective in a variety of courses. We encourage MnSCU institutions to bring teams of faculty and administrators.


  • Introduce pedagogies of engagement to more STEM faculty and to non-STEM faculty
  • Discover opportunities for collaboration between STEM disciplines and other disciplines
  • Create or adapt a learning activity using a pedagogy of engagement
  • Provide time and space for collaboration and curriculum development to happen
  • Introduce STEM, non-STEM faculty and Deans to the PKAL Collaboration
  • Provide administrators with time to collaborate and plan how to support faculty activities related to the use of engaged pedagogies.


Friday, April 24, 2009

3:30 Registration and Refreshments (Sattgast Third Floor Lounge)

4:00 Plenary Session I: What is PKAL? What are Pedagogies of Engagement? (Sattsgast 201)

4:30 Plenary Session II: Online SERC/PKAL Resources and Interactive Lecture Techniques

6:10 Dinner (Lower Hobson Union)

7:00 Pedagogy Showcase: Clickers in the Classroom (Sattgast 201)

7:45 Pedagogy Showcase: Cases in the Classroom (Sattgast 201)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

8:00 Breakfast (Lower Hobson Union)

9:00 Pedagogy Showcase: Reacting to the Past (Bridgeman 100)

10:30 Break (Bridgeman 100)

11:00 Working & Collaboration Time

  • Deans: Creating a personal action plan for supporting faculty who are using pedagogies of engagement on your campus. How can you collaborate with others? (Sattsgast Third Floor Lounge)
  • Faculty: Create or adapt a teaching/learning activity for your course that uses a Pedagogy of Engagement (Bridgeman 132, 201, 218). See two resources posted at the bottom of this page

12:00 Lunch (Lower Union).

1:00 Working & Collaboration Time (continues as noted above...)

3:00 Personal Action Plan and Reflection (Bridgeman 201)

3:30 Report Out, Next Steps, and Workshop Evaluation (Bridgeman 201)

Resources to Support Saturday Working Sessions on Learning Activities:

Guiding Questions for Activity Session - Bemidji Guiding Questions (Microsoft Word 22kB Apr23 09)

Teaching Activity Idea & Submission Form - Teaching Activity Ideas & Submission Form (Microsoft Word 23kB Apr23 09)