Ellis Hall Active Learning Classrooms Project

Ellis Hall

Active Learning Classrooms

Active Learning Classrooms

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Three classrooms on the third floor of Ellis Hall have been renovated to create new teaching and learning spaces designed for active and collaborative learning. Instructors have been able to use these classrooms since the Winter term of 2014.

Background of the Project

  • Queen’s goal of enhancing the student learning experience by engaging students actively in their learning has led the University to examine the spaces in which teaching and learning take place. Active learning is best supported by flat flexible classrooms with appropriate technology.
  • In 2011 the University’s Teaching Space Committee started reviewing how underutilized classrooms on the 3rd floor of Ellis Hall might be reconfigured into active learning spaces.
  • Generous donations to Queen’s in 2012 meant that planning could proceed for a pilot project in Ellis that would inform the University’s future teaching space projects.
  • Extensive consultation took place over 2012/13, with academic colleagues from across the University, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, IT Services, the Timetabling Office, Campus Planning and Physical Plant Services.
  • By Spring 2013 local architects Shoalts & Zaback were engaged in the design, Jamie Thompson had been designated as the project manager, and the planned timeline for renovation meant the new active learning classrooms would be open for learning in January 2014.

Goals of the project

  • Create flexible learning spaces to enable active and collaborative learning
  • Encourage experimentation and innovation in course design and classroom activities
  • Provide instructors with integrated support for both pedagogy and technology
  • Evaluate how the rooms are used in order to gain knowledge that can be applied to other teaching and learning contexts and spaces