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  • Abandon the Cookie Cutter in Active Learning Design

    To achieve the custom design for your specific active learning classroom, keep an open mind. When the goal is to create a space for interpersonal and hands-on education, the options are limitless. The key is that the layout must invoke something different. A new style of learning can’t very well...
  • The Active Learning Makeover: Don’t Discount Ugly Rooms

    Sometimes the most underutilized spaces on campus are the ideal testing grounds for active learning. Even if the space seems unfit, cluttered, small, or outdated, the main goal is to provide an environment where students can easily interact. Think outside the box. Experiment with extra furniture and available rooms. The...
  • Active Learning Environments: Dealing with Internal Friction

    When preparing to implement a new active learning space, get ready for politics. Issues will most certainly arise if one department is being funded over another. Registrars in particular can make some noise because the more space given to active learning means increased difficulty for them to schedule courses with...
  • Active Learning Environments: Making the Adjustment

    Another aspect of the transition to an active learning classroom is getting everyone familiar with an entirely new set up and way of doing things. This change will take time and adjustments on the parts of both the students and the instructors. Let students in on the goals of active...
  • The Active Learning Redesign: Consider Neutral Territory

    When considering available options for setting up active learning spaces, remember locations around campus that can be useful for many groups. If these revamped environments can benefit a large number of students, not only is it more cost effective, but the positive outcomes of the active learning model will be...

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