What types of things do you do with space?
Curran: I am using an active learning space in Wilson Hall with a class of 80 students. It’s great for changing the dynamic of my class. I’m not on a stage, and they aren’t all forced to face me at attention. As a result, students are much more relaxed, more like a discussion with each other and with me. We use the space for collaborative group work, for problem-based labs. It’s perfect when 80 people need to bring laptops to look at their data. We also illustrate things with the whiteboards to draw flow charts, cause-and-effect, formulas, and distributions. Students also write out and share hypotheses based on research questions.
Martinet: I have designed this lab for an active learning space in Wilson where students work in groups of four. It’s given the students time and space to work in small groups. I designed it so students would work in small groups for encouragement, and teaching assistants work closely with each group.
Tackett: I’m in an active learning space in Monroe Hall. Tables are all set up for group work. We form working groups. The rolling chalkboards are also moved around for brainstorming and problem solving. Students had to write down a strategy for data analysis, based on sample data. They wrote down questions, approaches and hypotheses on the standing chalkboards, and then the group presented their ideas to the class. It was fun, and they really listened to one another with interest.