Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)
Opening Fall 2013
Active learning classrooms (ALC) are joint ventures between Classroom Support Services (CSS), the University Libraries, and UW Information Technology (UW-IT). If you have questions or would like more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to the Alc-ougl listserv.
The active learning classroom is an interactive, interdisciplinary space where information and technology are combined to facilitate scholarship. Educators are provided with a unique opportunity to explore how space and technology can promote student learning. Active learning classrooms support case-based learning, guided inquiry, peer learning and just-in-time learning, all of which are increasingly the basis for how classes are taught. Student-centered pedagogy is promoted and students are encouraged to build on prior understanding to solve problems, critically evaluate solutions and create new knowledge.
- Student collaboration, each student is part of a small group or team
- Information can be shared between teams and tables for comparative purposes
- Facilitates peer teaching
- Students are able to showcase their work; share with others and post to a larger community
- Instructors can easily monitor student progress and guide inquiry
- Outside experts can join the classroom experience through advanced
technologies and engage with the students
- Emulates the team-based approach commonly found in today’s high-tech workplaces.
- Writable glass-surfaces for each group of students
- Round tables that accommodate nine students
- Flat-panel monitors at each table
- Network and power connectivity at each table
- Instructor podium that allows selection and display of table-specific information
- Data diner booths equipped with flat-panel monitors
- Microphones available at both the instructor podium and student tables.
See what an active learning classroom looks like in action: University of Minnesota
Video credits: produced by Robin Wright, created by Andy Underwood-Bultmann, and music by Falcon Arrow
Odegaard Library ALC
There are two active learning classrooms located on the 1st floor.
Click the images below for a larger view of each ALC. Click the ALC room numbers for more detailed information about each space.
- ALC Scheduling
- Odegaard Library Resources
- Laptop Checkout
3‐hour laptop checkout for students and faculty
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Active Learning Resources
- Join: Alc-ougl listserv
ALC Instructor Podium
- Dedicated PC with 24-inch monitor
- Connectivity for an instructor’s laptop (both VGA and HDMI)
- Document camera (to take the place of an overhead projector)
- Blu-ray player
- Control interface for the AV system
- Control system allowing instructor to select content from the instructor’s source or from one of the student tables and distribute to the other tables
- Lecture capture and distance learning connectivity
- Ability to link together both Odegaard ALC