Instead of the using lectures (in which students are passive recipients of information), we make extensive use of newer and research-supported active teaching methods, including Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) done in groups.
This pedagogy reflects modern theories of student learning. Our guided inquiry method uses team problem-solving to build an understanding of material. The approach teaches individuals to consider problems from a number of different perspectives and to collaborate effectively -- skills that are considered valuable in the workplace.
Here is a summary of why we chose these new pedagogies. The links below show the importance of moving away from the traditional lecture format method for teaching college courses.
Parents of first year students will also be interested in the pedagogy as well. We hope this letter helps!