International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms

High-tech classroom with students and teachers laughing

The 2019 International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms (IFALC) at the University of Minnesota focuses on advancing practice and research on active learning classroom spaces. The IFALC features session formats (see the Submission Guidelines) that provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate innovative practices and research that leverage the advantages of technology-enhanced learning spaces and active learning pedagogies.

We enthusiastically invite our international colleagues to present at or attend the Forum this year. Our goal is for all participants to: a) examine issues influencing the effective use of these spaces, b) share successful practices that enrich the student and faculty experience, and c) build and deepen networks with colleagues to advance your campus efforts. 

Sponsored by

Office of Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota

Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota


Deadlines and Fees

The fee for the International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms is $275 if received before July 12. If received after July 12, the fee is $325 for participants. The conference fee includes pre-conference workshops, all sessions, continental  breakfast on Thursday and Friday, Lunch on Thursday, refreshment breaks, Wednesday night reception and dinner, and conference materials.

Onsite Registration Check-in Location

Onsite registration is 10:00 a.m.−3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, and Thursday, August 8, 7:30−9:00 a.m., at the Helping U desk on the third floor of Robert H. Bruininks Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.


We will issue a refund—minus $30—if you cancel by Monday, July 15, 2019. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Please email to cancel your registration, or fax a request to 612-624-5359.


Location, Accommodations, and Getting Here


Founded in 1851 as the state’s land-grant institution, the University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. Located in the heart of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area, the campus is minutes from downtown Minneapolis. The Twin Cities campus is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River and on the rolling hills of Saint Paul.

Most conference meetings and presentations will take place in Robert Bruininks Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. Opened in fall 2010, Bruininks Hall features 14 active learning spaces that can accommodate class sizes of 27 to 171 students along with lecture-based spaces that seat 236 students. A wide variety of disciplines conduct their courses in this building each year, and it continues to serve as a model space for the design of a 21st century education.


Graduate Minneapolis 
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

A group room block has been arranged with Graduate Minneapolis with a discounted nightly room rate of $164 plus taxes. Please mention the room block name "International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms" when making your reservations. The cutoff deadline for the hotel room block is Friday, July 18, 2019. Reservations received after this date will only be accepted on a space and rate available basis. 

Call 612-379-8888 and press 1 to reserve your room at Graduate Minneapolis, or reserve online.

Conveniently located on the University of Minnesota campus with a five-minute walk to the forum locations, The Graduate offers guests an on-site fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, book butler, in-room art galleries, alchemist mixology lessons, and complimentary transportation within a five-mile radius of the hotel. The hotel is three minutes from downtown Minneapolis and provides easy access to several local attractions. 

Getting Here

In addition to taxis and car service, here are some other transportation options:

Light Rail

Light-rail service is available to the Graduate Minneapolis from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Airport. From the airport take the Minneapolis/Target Field Blue Line to the US Bank Stadium Station, then transfer to the Saint Paul/Union Depot Green Line and, after a short five-minute ride, exit at the East Bank Station. The East Bank Station is across the street from Graduate Minneapolis. Trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and run approximately every 10−15 minutes. The trip from the airport to the East Bank Station generally takes 35−45 minutes. One-way fare is $2.00−$2.50 depending on time of day. View information and route map.

Travelers can find metro bus route information on the Metro Transit website.


Metro Transit also provides bus service to many areas throughout the Twin Cities. For information on schedules, maps, and fares, please visit the Metro Transit website.


SuperShuttle offers convenient shuttle service to area locations. Call 800-BlueVan or visit the SuperShuttle website to reserve your transportation.

2019 Featured Speakers 

Opening Night Speaker

Lori Carrell became chancellor at the University of Minnesota Rochester in February 2018. She previously served as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development at UMR from 2014−2017. Prior to her arrival at UMR, she was a faculty member and campus leader for 23 years at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Lori’s academic background in human communication, psychology, and education is well-suited to guide the campus to become a national leader in integrated student learning. Her passionate commitment to student achievement is evident in UMR’s many active learning classrooms and in the collaborative, team-teaching approach that defines a UMR education.

Keynote Speaker

Derek Bruff is the director of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University and a principal senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. Derek oversees the Center’s programs and offerings and consults regularly with campus leaders, seeking to foster a university culture that supports effective teaching. He is an active presenter at numerous conferences both inside and outside the United States and has a 2009 book, Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments.

Plenary Speaker

Anastasia (Stacy) Morrone is a full professor in Educational Technology and associate vice president for Learning Technologies and dean of Information Technology at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. She provides leadership in university-wide initiatives on learning environments that will transform the experience of students. In addition, she works closely with the chancellor’s office and other campus leaders on pressing IT issues that impact the university community. 

Closing Address

Sue Wick is a full professor in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, College of Biological Sciences, at the University of Minnesota. Sue is highly experienced in teaching in active learning classrooms and has presented on ALCs at previous IFALCs as well as many other professional settings. She is a recipient of the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award at Minnesota and the first author of a Science publication on teaching in ALCs in 2013 as well as other SoTL publications. 

Steering Committee

David Langley (Chair), Center for Educational Innovation
Paul Baepler, Center for Educational Innovation
Noah Holm, Office of Classroom Management

Contact Info

For program questions
David Langley
612-625-3343 |

For registration questions
612-625-2900 |

For general questions
Alicia Anderson
612-626-9634 |