Structured, Active, In-class Learning Program (SAIL)

The SAIL Program supports faculty in reimagining classes to emphasize the active engagement of students in class through structured work, guided by the instructor. SAIL classes begin with the related premises that students benefit from learning by doing and that class time should be used to help students learn to work with material. To that end, class time is built around highly structured activities, in which students work to solve problems, interpret data or evidence, or otherwise engage in real practices in the discipline. Often this work is done in groups, with instructors circulating and guiding the process. To support this process, instructors may provide out-of-class materials or assignments that prepare students for the in-class learning.

To learn more about this approach to teaching, see Teaching a SAIL Class.

The SAIL Program formally supports faculty in this teaching:

  • Faculty interested in transforming their lecture courses may apply for up to $5,000 in course development funds to create a SAIL course. For more on how to apply see course proposal information.
  • The SAIL Seminar meets monthly, providing interested faculty with the opportunity to work with colleagues to consider how to teach effectively in this mode. Faculty who participate fully will receive an $800 research fund.
  • To prepare Teaching Assistants working with faculty on these courses, CTL offers a SAIL training program, including both pre-semester and in-semester programming. TAs working in SAIL courses receive $500 for participating in the full program.

For more information or to participate in the SAIL Program, contact Bruce Lenthall.