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UNC Charlotte Active Learning Classrooms
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Classroom Support and The Center for Teaching and Learning have teamed up to design active learning classrooms on the UNC Charlotte campus.
The Center for Teaching and Learning has been researching the collaborative work that the UNC Charlotte faculty wants their students to engage in.
However, currently UNC Charlotte does not have the kind of spaces that facilitates active learning.
The Center for Teaching and Learning then approached Classroom Support to design an active learning space for the University.
What went into designing the space was a lot of research and planning. We were looking for a proven model, and we found that in the NC State's Taylor model developed by Bob Beichner. We worked very closely with Bob and with the architects at Perkins and Will to determine table size, number of occupants per table; the number of displays that are distributed around the room. It's all geared toward movement.
The active learning classroom design differs from the standard classroom design because it focuses on collaboration.
In our standard classroom model you have individual seats; there is an individual focus point. Here there is no individual focus point. Displays are distributed around the space so that that individual model is broken into a collaborative design.
The potential for students to drive the content of the class is inherent in an active learning classroom.
As soon as you take the professor out of the middle of the classroom and have them be the person guiding the students through much more peer driven interactions and much more active learning, you have a new possibility in the classroom.
UNC Charlotte's new active learning classroom is the embodiment of excellent educational thinking of how students should learn. The classroom allows movement and team based learning, it allows the students to engage with the content at a completely different level than has been possible in the past.
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