The formal learning space, what is commonly referred to as the Active Learning Classroom or ALC is a key ingredient because it provides a flexible space and optimal conditions for this form of teaching and learning to take place. Here are a few examples to illustrate what active and collaborative learning techniques might look like in the classroom.
Active Learning Classrooms
Did you know that Concordia University has active learning classrooms located on both campuses?
The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers FB 620 and at the Loyola Campus the CC 101 classroom is now available for use. These classrooms have been uniquely designed to allow a more convenient way for students to collaborate. And because the furniture is mobile the classroom can be arranged in a number of ways so you can have a different layout whatever activity you’ve got planned for your students. It’s an ideal space if you’re planning to lecture, do group work and active learning all together in a single classroom location. Another special feature of these active learning classrooms is the technology. Setting up the collaborative screen sharing is a snap. Students can display and share their work together in groups or with the rest of the class using a simple wireless video projection system.
Take a video tour of Concordia's new Active Learning Classrooms located on the 6th floor of the Hall Building (H-603, H-605, H-654). If you would like to visit the classroom or make a request to teach in one of the classrooms please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning
The Centre for Teaching and Learning has an experimental Active Learning Classroom for 36 students which is located on the 6th floor of the Faubourg Building, FB-620. If you would like to visit the classroom or request thre use of the space for one of your classes please email email@example.com.
What Concordia faculty are saying about active learning classrooms
Here’s what faculty have to say about their experiences teaching in the FB 620 and CC 101 active learning classrooms.
“I found that the active classroom allowed students to have an enriched educational experience whereby they can learn problem solving techniques by trying them on the white board in small groups (of typically two students) for each board. In engineering it is essential for students to get hands-on experience in problem solving, which is typically only possible in homework assignments. The new classroom makes it also possible to get this experience in class with the guidance of the instructor of the course. I find that this is the biggest advantage of using this classroom.”
-Professor Luis Rodrigues, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
“Two projectors means students sitting in any direction can see the screen. This was, in my opinion, the best attribute in the space. Once set up the computer and projector system worked very well. Students used the whiteboards when prompted to for brainstorming and other small group activities. The shades on the windows reduced glare and made seeing the presentation slides easier for the students. The ability to move the computer dock station was useful.”
-Professor Steven Henle, Department of Applied Human Sciences
“The light, airy and flexible nature of this space makes it ideal for creative visioning, small group work or full class activities.”
-Professor Ted Little, Theatre (retired)