Arts Pedagogy Research and Innovation Laboratory

PRAXIS: The APRIL Blog

What does it mean to "renew" the Bachelor of Arts? Read the APRIL Blog for some curriculum trends, and some thoughts on the faculty role in designing program-level curriculum.

APRIL's 2015/2016 Pedagogy Panels

Our first panel on Experiential Learning gave our 25 participants first-hand instructor accounts of the ins and outs of Project Based Learning (PBL), role play, and Community Based Research (CBR). Panel presentations were followed by great discussions about group work, and assessment of experiential learning.

On Friday March 4th at 2:30 PM, APRIL and CTL will co-host the second of our Arts Pedagogy Panels. Our Blended Learning panel will include instructors' experiences with incorporating technologies like lecture capture, online quizzes, screencasting, video tutorials, and net media. Blended Learning is not just about the tools you use; it's about how they can best be incorporated into students' overall learning experiences. Find out how these instructors choose their learning activities, both inside and outside of class. The event will be held in Cameron B-12. Refreshments will be served. Watch for registration details!

Internationalizing Your Classroom: Study Update

Our classes are increasingly diverse -- filled with students from across the globe. How do we adjust our pedagogy to enhance students' learning -- and learning from one another? This academic year, APRIL is researching the ways in which instructors are adapting their teaching strategies to support international learners. Watch for our forthcoming faculty survey. Research findings will be disseminated in Spring, 2016.

Sapere Aude: Close Reading in a Large Sociology Lecture

Professor Richard Westerman bypasses textbooks and gets 60 2nd year students engaging the original texts of classical sociological theorists. Find out how he gets his students reading -- and learning to "think for themselves."

Music and Musicians Bring Sociology to Life


Assistant Professor Ken Caine brings live music into class to make social problems more meaningful to students. Find out how Ken uses songs lyrics, and face-to-face engagement with local musicians to awaken students' sociological imagination.


"Performing" the Lecture

Learn how professor Eve-Marie Morin brought lessons learned from her near-career as a classical pianist to engage students in a large first year philosophy class.