Over the course of the past many months, staff members from LTS and CETL have been working together to create three active learning classrooms on campus. Active learning is an approach to instruction in which students engage with the material they study through reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting. Active learning stands in contrast to "standard" modes of instruction, in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive. Each active learning classroom is equipped with movable furniture and white boards to offer the most flexible and comfortable setting possible. Technology in these rooms includes collaborative software, large monitors, mobile capability, audio video sharing, document camera, and a smart podium for annotation at the teacher station.
Two of these active learning classrooms will be operational for the start of the fall semester and will be located in Hibbard 318 and Phillips 281 with a third to come online during Fall / Winterim semesters. In the new Centennial Hall, there are a total of four active learning classrooms with similar functionality.
In the future, Student Senate Information Technology Committee (ITC) along with support and collaboration with LTS, CETL, and Academic Affairs will be looking to transform more learning spaces into active learning spaces as needs from departments continue to grow for this type of environment.