The What, Why, and How of Transforming Traditional Classrooms into Collaborative Spaces

Tuesday, March 28 | 8:30AM–9:20AM | Room 551
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Active/collaborative learning spaces are a popular trend in higher education. This session will cover the basics of active learning spaces, why everyone is talking about them, and how to build one. We will share the journey taken by Bentley University and Saint Anselm College from creating proof-of-concept spaces to building modern collaborative learning spaces. We will detail the pedagogical, financial, and technical steps required for an institution to move from consideration to implementation, as well as share faculty and student feedback.

Outcomes: Define an active/collaborative learning space * Discuss how active/collaborative spaces contribute to learning efficacy * List tools and technologies needed to create such a space * Build your own active learning space and explore how prototyping can gauge faculty interest


  • Kim Round

    Instructor, Harvard University
  • Gaurav Shah

    Sr. Director, Academic Technologies and User Experience Design, Bentley University

Resources & Downloads

  • The What Why How_slides

    1 MB, pdf - Updated on 1/22/2024