2017: The Year of the Active Learning Classroom

Thursday, November 02 | 8:00am - 9:30am ET | Meeting Room 114, 100 Level
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Research has demonstrated that active learning is a superior pedagogy compared to more passive forms of instruction. Active learning classrooms (ALCs) are designed to create affordances that support a variety of active learning pedagogies. The popularity of active learning pedagogies and the innovation of ALC designs have become so widespread that the ALC was named the #1 strategic technology of 2017 by EDUCAUSE. In this session, we will explore what research is telling us about the impact of ALCs and what teaching practices work best in them. We will also become acquainted with the Learning Space Rating System (LSRS), a tool for assessing the strength of a classroom design to support active learning.

Outcomes: Learn about the results of research into the effectiveness of ALCs * Understand the strategic importance of ALCs * Learn about a tool to manage classrooms at your campus


  • D. Christopher Brooks

    Interim Director of Research, EDUCAUSE
  • Malcolm Brown

    Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, EDUCAUSE
  • Adam Finkelstein

    Academic Associate, McGill University