Active Learning

Jeffrey Lantis is an internationally recognized leader in promoting active teaching and learning innovations. Lantis currently serves as Chair of the International Studies Association (ISA) Innovative Pedagogy Conference initiative, organizing and leading conferences for teacher-scholars across the United States. As past President of the Active Learning in International Affairs (ALIAS) Section of the ISA (2003-2004), Lantis has also published extensively on pedagogical innovations, and he will serve as co-editor of an ISA journal dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning, International Studies Perspectives, from 2020-2025.

In 2010, Lantis was honored as co-recipient (with Matthew Krain and Kent Kille) of the 2010 Deborah J. Gerner Innovative Teaching Award in International Studies, the highest teaching award bestowed by the International Studies Association (ISA). From 2010-2012, Lantis served on the Program Committee for the American Political Science Association’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. In 2017, Lantis was named the Chair of the ISA’s Pedagogy Conference Planning Committee–a multi-year initiative to develop and sponsor a series of international conferences on cutting-edge innovations in teaching.

     With Krain and Kille, Lantis has designed and led Active Teaching and Learning Workshops at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; The University of Rosario, Bogota, Colombia; Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Russia (MGIMO-University); and Institute for International Relations, University of Brasilia. Workshop sessions addressed the philosophy behind active teaching and learning and techniques including role-playing simulations, structured debates, case studies, policy-making exercises, the use of Internet technology, and teaching with film.  These workshops helped to establish larger communities of teacher-scholars in international studies from institutions across Russia, Australia, and Brazil.



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