Call for Proposals to Teach in a Collaborative and Active Learning (CAL) Classroom

Engineering Faculty in 330bThe Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching & Learning are collaborating to rollout an increased number of collaborative and active learning classrooms as part of the University’s Master Plan. In Fall of 2014, the first of these rooms was completed as a pilot and training space (Raynor 330B – capacity 28). The first general pool collaborative and active classroom (CU 108 – capacity 40) came online in Fall 2017. The third space (LL 384 – capacity 25) will be complete for January 2018.

The CAL rooms are designed to offer an alternative to the traditional lecture hall, facilitating active learning approaches that include team-based learning, problem-based learning, and other collaborative pedagogies. These rooms are decentered and are not intended to have a “front” of the room and encourage student interactivity. As such, the instructor is more of a facilitator of student-based learning activities that encourages the application of course concepts, solving challenging problems and interacting with each other with hands-on collaborative projects.

Key Room Features of Marquette CAL Rooms

Student Collaboration

CU 108The rooms contain movable tables and chairs for varying group sizes and interactivities. The tables are large enough for students to work actively on projects, either as a six-person team or two smaller 3-person teams. Portable white boards allow students to sketch out solutions to problems posed as part of learning activities.

Multiple Monitors, Multiple Inputs

Raynor room 330b imageEach CAL has multiple wall mounted displays that can allow for presenting multiple types of content, including standard instructor tools (computer, document camera, DVD player) as well as the screens of individual student devices (e.g. laptops, iPads, web-enabled cellphones). The monitors can accommodate a “gallery view” of multiple student computers, a “quad view” combination of four sources (tables and/or instructor tools), or one single source. These advanced projection options allow for the sharing and discussion of student work, as well as for display of multiple pieces of content needed for table-based activities.

Requesting Assignment to the Collaborative Learning Studio

At the request of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning will initiate coordinating the placement of classes into this space. The CTL will work with the Office of the Registrar to facilitate placing classes into one of the three CAL Classrooms.

To promote the most effective and efficient use of these unique spaces, classes will be prioritized if faculty/courses meet combinations of the following criteria:

In the case of scheduling conflicts, priority will be given to courses that provide clear plans for utilizing the space and its technology in support of active learning.

Applications from faculty for CAL Rooms are due November 27th. The CTL will forward recommended courses to the Registrar’s Office on December 8th. The Registrar’s office will work with faculty to place the classes into a CAL room based on class schedule, appropriateness of class size and room availability.

The Center for Teaching and Learning will provide training and support for instructors using these spaces, including helping instructors redesign their courses to include active learning, providing training on the room’s technology, and forming communities of instructors who want to share experiences about teaching in this space.

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