Active Learning Classroom (ALC)
Student-centered, interactive, integrated, flexible, active learning spaces.
Overview of the University of Minnesota's ALCs.
Support for laptops and personal computing devices in ALCs.
Schedule time with OCM's Instructional Technology Coordinator to review the technology in the ALCs. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has partnered with OIT Collaboration for Academic Technology Innovation and the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) to create tools for faculty and instructors teaching in these active learning spaces.
If you have questions about teaching in Active Learning Classrooms or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact any of the following units:
- The Center for Teaching and Learning
- OIT's Learning Environments Research
- OCM's Instructional Technology Support
Frequently Asked Questions
Watch how ALCs in STSS are utilized.
Video credits: produced by Robin Wright, created by Andy Underwood-Bultmann, and music by Falcon Arrow
Watch how the ALC in Biological Sciences Center 64 is being used for a Biology class by Robin Wright, associate dean, College of Biological Sciences.
The pilot phase of this research found overall positive reactions to the ALCs from students and faculty, particularly a reduction in perceived psychological distance between instructor and students and among students, and the view that the round tables in the ALCs are important for changing the pedagogical dynamic in the rooms.
Further, a series of controlled studies has shown that new learning spaces:
- Help students exceed final grade expectations
- Affect teaching-learning activities, even when the instructor attempts to hold these activities constant
- Are not conducive to a lecture-based approach; student performance improves when instructors move to active, student-centered teaching methods.
- Are perceived in a largely positive light by students and instructors, but some adjustment of teaching techniques is necessary.
This research is described more fully at the Learning Environments Research page summary.
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