Ellis Hall

Active Learning Classrooms

Ellis Hall

Active Learning Classrooms

 

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Ellis Hall 319 - Flexibility

“Exceeded my expectations. My students have responded quite positively to the space and how I have encouraged them to use it/be in it.” Instructor from 319

 

Capacity: 48

This moveable chairs with tablet arms in this classroom allows for different group configurations and for immediate flexibility in class set-up. The ring of whiteboard facilitates sharing of ideas within and between groups.

  • Chairs on wheels with a tablet arm (large enough for laptop and book)
  • A podium with a room control panel, an ethernet jack and VGA with audio and HDMI connectivity for the instructor’s device
  • A projector with an electric screen
  • Floor of room has nothing fixed, just tablet-arm chairs on wheels.
  • Walls of room are ringed with whiteboard (Egan roll on)
  • Group of students engaged in discussion in Ellis Hall 319

    Group of students engaged in discussion in Ellis Hall 319

  • Students collaborating in Ellis Hall 319

    Students collaborating in Ellis Hall 319

  • With whiteboards wrapping the room, students can share their work on a larger scale

    With whiteboards wrapping the room, students can share their work on a larger scale

  • With easily moveable furniture students can work in groups at desks or using the boards

    With easily moveable furniture students can work in groups at desks or using the boards

  • An instructor layers on information to work the students have displayed

    An instructor layers on information to work the students have displayed

Testimonials

“More active participation, variety of activities kept class exciting and fresh, and I got to work with more people because of this classroom layout.”—3rd year student 

“It's a great environment! Really enjoyed working on the white boards. Kept me awake especially since this class is during mornings. Also allowed us to make new friends, and I always worked with different people on different days.” —2nd year student 

“The classroom is well designed for a decentralized relationship between students and instructor. I sit in a circle with students, and not having a podium or big desk isn't as tragic as I first thought. The space is pretty enabling for creativity in the classroom.”- Instructor

“ Personally, being in this classroom has encouraged me to think more critically about what active learning is, how I can use to increase my students' level of engagement and attention, and also just how important physical space is when it comes to promoting certain activities and ways of learning.”—Instructor