Active Learning Studio
The Thomas S. Johnson Program, in an effort to remain on the cutting edge of innovative education delivery, has embarked on a journey to revolutionize classroom learning through use of an active learning studio for its entrepreneurship courses.
Classrooms that are student-centered rather than instructor-centered encourage students to actively engage in the material being taught instead of passively listening and taking notes. This type of learning environment requires students to be prepared for class, as they will need to actively participate and comment in discussion. Active learning encourages students to view peers and the community as additional authorities on the subject they are learning.
The new studio is designed to blend active learning, a participatory style of learning where students engage and interact with other students, with external collaboration providing a real-time, vibrant learning facility. It will combine students’ increasing use of technology with collaborative learning — two elements that are significant to the education of today’s innovators. The students will be expected to learn from each other through in-depth discussion and team activities. Instead of delivering traditional lectures, professors adapt their teaching practices to guide students toward interaction and discovery.
To facilitate interaction between students on-campus and external audiences, the room is equipped with multiple cameras and microphones to capture communication between students and faculty, a video production studio to manage the capture and delivery of live and recorded video and online communication tools such as web conferencing and discussion forums to allow for synchronous and asynchronous interaction between students.
Unlike conventional classrooms with individual desks directed to the front of the room, the studio has circular tables promoting discussion and critical thinking among students. The tables are equipped with inputs allowing students to display data from their laptops, tablets or mobile devices to multiple projector screens throughout the room as well as on the screens of external audiences.