Active learning classrooms require deliberate design but can benefit faculty and students: article

August 13, 2014

An article published in Campus Technology outlines the basics of using technology to enhance active and collaborative learning in the classroom. The article highlights a number of institutions that have created active learning classrooms, including McGill University and Dawson College in Quebec. Most active learning classrooms feature a large, interactive display or whiteboard at each student table that is designed to be shared among students. Some classrooms rely on personal devices such as tablet computers, though some practitioners caution that these devices can stifle collaborative efforts. The piece also outlines some of the benefits of active-learning classrooms, including increased interaction between students and professors, support for different learning styles, and improved student engagement. The article advises that implementations proceed incrementally and deliberately, and that institutions offer faculty development and support to ensure success. Campus Technology