UNC Charlotte is launching a new initiative in classroom design to promote active and collaborative learning and to increase student engagement through hands-on activities and labs. Following the SCALE-UP model, for “Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies,” two classrooms have been outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and space design all meant to promote active learning. The larger classroom seats up to 126 students and the smaller classroom seats up to 36 students. The classrooms will include roundtables that seat up to 9 students with 3 laptops each. Each table will have its own monitor for projecting the laptops and a white board. There is a faculty station with a smart podium and faculty can “promote” any of the students’ laptops to show on all of the monitors in the room.
In the pilot phase, large and small classes from several colleges will use the rooms. Disciplines represented include: Accounting, Architecture, Computer Science, Education, Geology, Liberal Studies, Physics, and Sociology. A research team will also be engaged in studying how the faculty and students interact with the space in order to inform training and the design of future classrooms.
Faculty who teach in the room are required to participate in technical and instructional design training offered via the Active Learning Academy community. The training will occur at the beginning of the semester and include regular meetings, face-to-face and virtual, during the semester.
The project is sponsored by Academic Affairs and with technical design and support provided by the Office of Classroom Support and the instructional design and support provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning.
How to Request to Teach in the Kennedy Active Learning Classrooms
The Kennedy Active Learning Classrooms are available to all instructors at UNC Charlotte to request to use. Each semester and summer, the current and past Active Learning Academy members are invited to apply to teach in the Kennedy Active Learning Classrooms. Once the academy members have been assigned a room, a call will go out to the entire campus via the Academic Affairs message inviting non-academy members to teach in the rooms for any times that remain open.
How to Request One-Time Uses (e.g., Special Events) in the Kennedy Active Learning Classrooms
Interested parties should check the availability of the rooms in the Resource 25 (R25) calendar and submit a request via the R25 calendar. The R25 calendar has most current schedule for Kennedy 234 and Kennedy 236.
PLEASE NOTE: After-hours events (i.e., nights or weekends) may require special assistance from CTL staff or other university staff, which may incur costs associated with extra staffing hours, etc.