Active learning involves students' efforts to actively construct their knowledge. Active learning strategies often involve complex, student-centered interactions between faculty and students. The physical space of an ALC promotes and encourages these interactions though accessible and flexible classroom design.
Interactive modes of teaching can be difficult to attempt in classrooms where the design of the space assumes that lecture is the primary method of instruction. In spaces where lecture is the default design, barriers to active learning include fixed seating, line-of-sight issues, a single fixed screen at the head of the room, and lecterns. While USF has installed A/V and IT (e.g. wireless) in many classrooms, the classroom layout and modes of instruction these spaces support remain essentially unchanged.
ALCs are teaching and learning spaces that allow faculty to move their pedagogy beyond the lecture. The use of flexible furniture, writing surfaces, and technology all combine to support faculty in engaging with their students through collaborative learning activities and more participatory use of media. Active learning classrooms facilitate diverse sizes and groupings of students, creating a flexible and supportive environment for a class to transition seamlessly between presentation and facilitated student group work.
The Active Learning Classroom was designed with input from faculty/librarians, CIT/ITS, and the University Registrar’s Office.
The ALC has 40 "node" chairs that are movable and color-keyed: "Node" chairs are highly mobile and have swivel seats that allow students to shift focus throughout the room.
These chairs provide clear sight lines to the instructor, fellow students, and whiteboards, and can dramatically enhance interaction.
The ALC has 6 LCDs with Airplay/Apple TV, and each can be used independently.
The ALC has multiple whiteboards that are also mobile.
The active learning classroom located in Gleeson Library has limited availability. As faculty, you have priority for this space. However, there is more need than available scheduling slots for classes.