Collaborative Active Learning: Using Space as a Mechanism to Promote Campus-Wide Change

Tuesday, February 14 | 1:45PM–2:30PM | Harris
Session Type: Breakout Session
Learning spaces designed for student collaboration naturally promote evidence-based active learning strategies. One land-grant university is driving culture change by transforming traditional classrooms into collaborative learning spaces and using the new spaces to motivate instructors to redesign their lecture-based courses. A unique approach to selecting instructors and courses, combined with ample support during and after course redesign, seems to inspire even skeptics to try new teaching strategies in the appealing new learning spaces. The session includes an engaging design challenge: develop ideas for a tired old classroom that may be similar to some of the rooms on your campus.

Gain new insight into how well-designed learning spaces can catalyze cultural change and increase faculty and student engagement * Explore the importance of campus culture with respect to adoption of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies * Investigate the influence of well-designed collaborative learning spaces on faculty motivation to use active learning strategies


  • Jane Hunter

    Director, Academic Resources and Special Projects, The University of Arizona
  • Jim Moore

    Director of Sales, Steelcase Education