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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
July 30, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence
 

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Some of the features of this new teaching space include:

  • 5 round tables each of which seats 8 students
  • Dedicated laptop at each table and guest connections from which students can project their work to each other and/or the entire class
  • 6 interactive short-throw projectors that allow students and instructor to project, mark up and save images
  • Portable whiteboards that allow students to record their work at their tables and mount it on a wall for discussion and idea sharing
  • Movable teaching console with touch screen monitor that allows the instructor to project and share the work being done at each table as well as his or her own materials
  • Portable videoconferencing unit
  • Upgraded wireless access
  • Infrastructure to support table-to-table or external Skype conversations, lecture capture, web conferencing, or backchannel communication

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"Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just by sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives." 

(Chickering and Gamson, 1987)

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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn"

(Benjamin Franklin)

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"Buildings have their own hidden curriculum that teaches us as effectively as any course taught in them."

(David Orr)