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This video is an overview of the new Active Learning Classrooms on the UNC Charlotte campus.
This video has audio and is closed captioned.
Classroom Support and
the Center for Teaching and Learning
have teamed up to design Active Learning Classrooms
on the UNC Charlotte campus.
Active Learning is not a new concept.
In fact, Harvard's physics professor Eric Mazur,
was brought to UNC Charlotte
to speak on the flipped classroom.
The flipped classroom inverts
traditional teaching methods.
It delivers instruction online
and outside of class.
Traditional lectures are replaced
with a learning environment
where student learn though interactive activities.
Now we've taken that flipped classroom concept,
and we've called it, active learning.
Active learning is the process of being engaged
with the application of knowledge.
Students are expected to do their homework
outside of class, before the class starts.
That's where you get the basic acquisition of content.
The instructures roll then changes,
now they're in charge of how that's applied,
and to apply that concept,
they're asking students to engage on an implementation level.
The Center for Teaching and Learning
has been researching the collaborative work
that UNC Charlotte faculty wants
their students to engage in.
However currently UNC Charlotte
does not have the kind of spaces
that facilitates active learning.
UNC Charlotte has positioned itself
as being quite concerned about the content
of the work of faculty and students,
and trying to align that with the configuration of spaces.
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,
something that other institutions had applied
that was successful in the collaborative arena
and we found that in the NC State scaling model
developed by Bob Beichner.
So we worked very closely, in fact
Bob was a consultant on this project,
we work very closely with Bob and with the architects
at Perkins and Will to determine table size,
number of occupants per table, seating spaces,
the number of displays that are distributed around the room,
the amount of space that's around the instructures station.
It's all geared toward movement and
encouraging movement around the room.
The Active Learning Classroom Design
differs from the standard classroom design
because it focuses on collaboration.
The classroom sets the stage for students
to approach one another and share information.
In our standard classroom model
you have individual seats,
there is an individual focus point,
students are encouraged to look straight ahead.
Here there is no individual focus point.
Displays are distributed around the space
so that individual model is broken
in the collaborative design,
and that's the primary difference.
The potential for students to drive the content of the class
is inherit 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 base learning.
It allows the student to engage with
the content at a completely different level
than has been possible in the past.
To learn more about
the Active Learning Classrooms
on the UNC Charlotte campus,
contact the office of classroom support.
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