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May 22, 2015

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Explore Laurier's Active Learning Classroom



In September of 2012, Laurier launched its first purposefully designed Active Learning Classroom in DAWB 3-106. This project was a joint initiative between the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellencewith assistance from the office of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost.The design for the space was created in consultation with Physical Resources and the technological infrastructure was researched and selected by Information Technology Services.

The impetus for this project was to create a student-centred learning environment that would encourage and facilitate more active and collaborative teaching approaches. Acknowledging the impact and influence that physical space can have on pedagogical possibilities, the classroom was renovated from a 56-seat tablet-style lecture space to round tables with advanced technologies that allow students to collaborate and share their work with their tables and/or the entire class.

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

Read the insideLaurier article about a graduate course experience in Laurier's Active Learning Classroom!

    Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom

    Faculty interested in teaching in this space in the future should contact their Dean for more information. Faculties interested in collaborating with theCentre for Teaching Innovation and Excellenceon similar projects should contact Sandy Hughes.