Last October, the Mosaic Initiative’s marked its five-year anniversary. To celebrate a productive five years, we put together the The Mosaic Report_2021, which highlights the impacts of the Mosaic Initiative across Indiana University since its start. In today’s blog, I want to share the report, highlight a few key outcomes of the past few years, and invite colleagues from other Institutions to share their own reports in the comments below.
The Mosaic Report is a 24-page document that highlights our work with faculty support, our research on active learning classrooms, and our contributions to classroom design at Indiana University.
Since, 2015, the Mosaic Initiative has supported hundreds of instructors who teach in Indiana University’s many learning environments, including, but not limited to Mosaic classrooms. For the report, we highlighted our varied approach to support. We also focused on our Mosaic Fellows program, including several quotes from the Mosaic Fellows who shared their first-hand experiences and perspectives about the Mosaic Initiative.
In the last 5 years, the Mosaic Initiative has generated staff and faculty-led research on our learning spaces that is widely recognized across Higher Ed. In our research section, we highlighted key publications and presentations.
These research studies used a variety of approaches to better understand active learning in different contexts such as descriptive approach (i.e., surveys, interviews, classroom recordings, self-reflections, and content analysis) and intervention approach (i.e., action research).
The Mosaic Initiative has helped inform the design of the wide variety of learning spaces across Indiana University. In the Report, we feature our approaches to gaining feedback from faculty and the impact our efforts have had on our spaces. For example, the Annual Mosaic Design Symposia are highlighted in the report as a part of improved classroom dialogue at our institution.
The Mosaic Report is intended to offer a broad picture showing past and present practices of the Mosaic Initiative on three main themes (1) research on active learning, (2) improved classroom design, and (3) faculty support. The Report also provided a self-evaluation opportunity for us to review Initiative goals, performance outcomes, and institutional impact. We believe that the themes addressed in the Report might serve as an example for how to convey successes with active learning classrooms. How about you? Are you working on your own report for ALC’s? How do you plan to represent your own institutional impacts? If you have a report of your own to share, please add it as a link below!
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