Active Learning Classrooms to Improve Student Learning

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Active learning classrooms (ALC) also known as smart classrooms or flexible classrooms  are student-centered, and can be technology-rich classrooms. They are typically set up by large tables and moveable seating to facilitate and promote active learning and collaboration.

The Imperial Valley College in California is an excellent example of a school that embraces ALC through its active learning model. In fact, according to a recent article on EdTech, Imperial Valley College has transformed more than a dozen of its classrooms into ALC spaces. Instructors, now, can quickly switch between instructional content using new software such as the TouchPanel Controller. Also, students are more attentive due to the centralized room space.

On a similar accord, the University of Oklahoma (OU) also launched ALC for its students in 2009, and the feedback has been enthusiastic.

According to Erin Wolfe, executive director of OU’s Office of Strategic Initiatives [1]:

[University of Oklahoma] took this old and kind of regular classroom. . .and we renovated it into this stellar example of what active learning is all about. . .[a]ll of the rooms are booked every semester.”

The active learning model at both institutions are examples of environments similar to real-world workplace situations [1]. Most importantly, with the enhanced technology and renovation, students can learn to engage in collaborative reflection, problem-solving, listening, and discussion.

For more information, read the full article on EdTech.


[1] C. Hayhurst, “Active-Learning Classrooms Put Students Front and Center,” EdTech: Focus on Higher Education, May 1, 2018. [Online]. Available: [Accessed July 18, 2018].