Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama (ALISA)


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

        ALISA was 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 the University Libraries.


What is ALISA? 

       The mission of the ALISA project was to improve course content mastery, academic success, and retention through faculty-led course redesign. Our approach engaged campus-wide resources to support research based best practices that emphasize active learning strategies in all course components. This included integrating online technologies and exemplary media where appropriate. ALISA courses were 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 agreed 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 participated in systematic assessment of student, faculty and institutional outcomes that support continuous improvement and long-term sustainability of their courses.

        For more information about ALISA, contact Sue Mattson ( at the Innovation in Learning Center.