Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)
Opening Fall 2013
Active learning classrooms (ALC) is a joint ventures between UW-IT Classroom Technologies and Events (CTE) formerly Classroom Support Services, the University Libraries, and UW-IT Learning Technologies (LT). If you have questions or would like more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to the listserv, email@example.com.
What is an active learning classroom? ALCs can be described as interactive, interdisciplinary spaces where information and technology are combined to facilitate scholarship. Educators are provided with a unique opportunity to explore how space and technology can promote student learning. Active learning classrooms support case-based learning, guided inquiry, peer learning and just-in-time learning, all of which are increasingly the basis for how classes are taught. Student-centered pedagogy is promoted and students are encouraged to build on prior understanding to solve problems, critically evaluate solutions and create new knowledge.
- Student collaboration, each student is part of a small group or team
- Information can be shared between teams and tables for comparative purposes
- Facilitates peer teaching
- Students are able to showcase their work; share with others and post to a larger community
- Instructors can easily monitor student progress and guide inquiry
- Outside experts can join the classroom experience through advanced
technologies and engage with the students
- Emulates the team-based approach commonly found in today’s high-tech workplaces.
- Writable glass-surfaces for each group of students
- Round tables that accommodate nine students
- Flat-panel monitors at each table
- Network (wireless) and power connectivity at each table
- A limited number of data ports (wired connectivity)
- Instructor podium that allows selection and display of table-specific information
- Data diner booths equipped with flat-panel monitors for breakout sessions
- Microphones available at both the instructor podium and student tables.
See what an active learning classroom looks like in action: University of Minnesota
Video credits: produced by Robin Wright, created by Andy Underwood-Bultmann, and music by Falcon Arrow
Odegaard Library ALC
There are two active learning classrooms located on the 1st floor.
Click the images below for a larger view of each ALC. Click the ALC room numbers for more detailed information about each space.
- ALC Scheduling
- Odegaard Library Resources
- Report Classroom Equipment Problems
Phone: 206-543-9900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the link above, available for students and faculty
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Active Learning Resources
- Join: email@example.com listserv,
ALC Instructor Podium