Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama (ALISA)


        The Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama, or ALISA, is a University-wide program designed to support active, student-centered learning. 

        ALISA is administered by the Innovation in Learning Center (ILC) in partnership with the Division of Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Office of Institutional Research, Student Academic Success and Retention, and the University Libraries.


What is ALISA? 

       The mission of the ALISA project is to improve course content mastery, academic success, and retention through faculty-led course redesign. Our approach engages campus-wide resources to support research based best practices that emphasize active learning strategies in all course components. This includes integrating online technologies and exemplary media where appropriate. ALISA courses are expected to impact a majority of students as they progress toward their degrees. This will result from scalable and sustainable course redesigns and evaluation processes aimed at continuous improvement.

       Selected faculty agree to collaborate regularly with ALISA staff and other academic partners during each phase of the program, with resulting courses to be introduced during the next academic year.   Faculty will also participate in systematic assessment of student, faculty and institutional outcomes that support continuous improvement and long-term sustainability of their courses.

        For more information and to apply to the ALISA project contact Sue Mattson ( at the Innovation in Learning Center.