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Books and articles on new learning spaces

    Describes the SCALE-UP Project which established '...a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large, introductory college courses' at North Carolina State University.
  • Leading the transition from classrooms to learning spaces  
    'An active, collaborative teaching and learning philosophy is often manifested in a different design. Space can either enable - or inhibit - different styles of teaching as well as learning. A number of studies have linked learning spaces and course design with student achievement, mastery, and retention.' (p. 14)

What are new learning spaces?

New Learning Spaces are designed to increase active learning and to support a more student-centred approach to teaching and learning. While new learning spaces vary in their exact characteristics, they typically are:

  • carefully planned to facilitate interactions between teams of students;
  • designed to allow for flexible use and arrangement of furniture;
  • constructed to enable the teacher to both teach and facilitate the class from anywhere in the room; and
  • technology enabled to encourage active learning.

Inside new learning spaces

Did you know?...

Interactive teaching methods significantly improved student attendance and doubled both engagement and learning in a large physics class compared to another class undertaking the same course through 3 hour traditional lectures.

The University of British Columbia (2011, May 12). Interactive teaching methods double learning in large undergraduate physics class: UBC research.

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