Ellis Hall Active Learning Classrooms Project

Ellis Hall

Active Learning Classrooms

Active Learning Classrooms

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Ellis Hall 321 - Team-Based

“It exceeded my expectations.  I've been able to bring in more visual and audio material into the lectures because the technology and space are conducive to such an approach.”—Instructor

 

Capacity: 136

This classroom allows for multiple groups of different sizes opportunities to be actively engaged in their own learning and collaborating with one another with or without learning technology.

  • Chairs on wheels with rectangle tables that seat 8 (potential for groups of 4)
  • Each table has 22" monitors at each end, which can be operated independent of one another or synced together 
  • Each table has 4 power outlets, an amplified speaker, and VGA and HDMI cables to connect student laptops to the monitors
  • The instructor's podium features an installed Windows PC with an interactive display, an LCD touch screen controller, an ethernet jack, a ceiling mounted document camera, a USB cable connected to the interactive display, and VGA with audio and HDMI connectivity for the instructor’s device
  • In “collaboration mode”, each table will work independently (audio heard and video seen at each table corresponds to the device plugged in at each table)
  • In “presentation mode”, the same audio and video will be seen/heard at each table
  • Microphones include a wireless hand-held unit and a wireless lavalier for the instructor
  • Extensive whiteboards to facilitate collaborative learning
  • Students engage with the material and each other

    Students engage with the material and each other

  • Students collaborate on course material in groups

    Students collaborate on course material in groups

  • Technology is at your finger tips in Ellis 321

    Technology is at your finger tips in Ellis 321

  • 321 allows students to see material up close with mounted screens at the end of every table

    321 allows students to see material up close with mounted screens at the end of every table

  • Working together to solve a probem in Ellis 321

    Working together to solve a probem in Ellis 321

Testimonials

“In a lecture hall I never have to opportunity to talk with my class mates but the format of this class, and the room itself really made that possible, and made the class more enjoyable. I also really liked the fact that I built a better relationship with my professor, I felt like I could have a comfortable discussion with him, and that I contributed to my learning through interactive discussions.”—2nd year student

“ I definitely got a lot more out of the class than I would have in a lecture hall, and I went to class more often and stayed awake/paid more attention.”—3rd year student

“I learned a lot in this class and I felt accountable to my teammates to learn the material so I worked a lot harder on my own time.”—3rd year student

"Ellis 321 was a wonderful experience. It was a great environment to envision and test what is possible.” —Instructor

“Overall, I am very impressed and would like to teach every course in the active learning classrooms.” —Instructor