University of Minnesota Office of Classroom Management
Office of Undergraduate Education

Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)

University of Minnesota Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) are designed to foster interactive, flexible, student-centered learning experiences, and operate using central teaching stations and student-provided laptops. The University of Minnesota ALC is a modification of the “SCALE-UP” (Student Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedogogies) Bio Science 64concept that originated at North Carolina State University and the TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) concept at MIT, and uses an adaptation of the Projection Capable Classrooms (PCC) technology system.

ALCs feature:

  • a 360-degree glass-surface marker board.
  • multiple flat-panel display projection systems.
  • round tables that accommodate nine students each.
  • a centered teaching station that allows selection and display of table-specific information.

ALCs Make New Classroom Interactions Possible

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ALCs offer:

  • cooperative learning environments that encourage student collaboration and peer teaching.
  • technology that allows students to easily present work for review by peers and instructors.
  • furniture designed to facilitate small-group work.
  • the ability for instructors to interactively coach students during activities.
  • new options for student interaction and class structure.

Requesting ALCs

Fourteen ALCs are available in the Robert H. Bruininks Hall, and are available for anyone to request during open scheduling. These classrooms accommodate between 27 and 126 individuals, and are able to flex into larger classrooms based on semester-to-semester demand.


Direct any questions about ALCs to OCM Director Jeremy Todd at 612-625-5379, Scheduling Manager Sarah Kussow at 612-626-7086, or the OCM Support Line at 612-625-1086.