Active Learning Environments

About Active Learning Environments

The Active Learning Environments at Case Western Reserve University are an innovative approach to addressing the drawbacks of the traditional classroom. They represent a pedagogical shift toward active learning, collaboration, information access, assessment and instruction delivery.

There are currently 5 fully functional active learning classrooms on campus:

  • Nord 356
  • Mather Memorial 125
  • Thwing 101
  • Bingham 204
  • Robbins E-240A

Active Learning Classrooms offer a multitude of features, including movable furniture, writeable walls and whiteboards, wireless support, and zoned audio/lighting.

Active Learning Environments at CWRU have been used in a multitude of creative ways. Instructors have been able to move beyond the limitations of "traditional" classrooms in these spaces. Flipped classrooms, interactive activities, collaborative group work, innovative uses of technology, and more have benefited from the flexibility of Active Learning Environments.

Read more about the benefits of Active Learning Environments at CWRU.

If you are interested in teaching in an Active Learning Environment, you can request that space via the Registrar's Office. Event reservations can be made through the Spartan Reservation System.

The best way to get started in an Active Learning space is to go and play with the room. Experiencing the technology and environment will help you become familiar with the space and think about how to utilize it in your lessons.

Because Active Learning Environments are so flexible, what works for one person may not work for you. Here are some general tips that you may find helpful:

  • Whenever possible, arrive a few minutes early to get everything set-up. This includes room layouts, technology setup, and testing what you plan on using during the class.
  • If you require the classroom to be in a certain configuration at the beginning of class, enlist the help of your students! Set the layout expectation at the beginning of the semester and encourage their assistance.
  • If something isn't working well in the space or needs to be repaired, please inform the Service Desk. They can be dialed using the phone near the front of the room.