“We’re trying to avoid treating students like empty vessels to be filled up with knowledge,” said David Taeyaerts, associate vice chancellor of learning environments and campus architect at UIC. “What we’re after is making students successful by having them gain knowledge, but also develop core skills and competencies. The fastest way to do that is through active learning.”
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Red push pins mark the “Oasis”, informal learning spaces, on the East Campus of UIC.
These study spaces are available for student use during standard building hours.
Science and Engineering Lab Buildings: the renovation work to the public spaces is ongoing, but over spring break we were able to install most of the furniture in the dozen new Oasis spaces. Students started using the furniture the Monday morning after spring break.
Disability Health and Social Policy Building room 204
We created a new classroom for the Department of Disability and Human Development for their new undergraduate minor and proposed major. The classroom included new acoustical ceiling tile, dimmable lighting, motorized shades, whiteboards, finishes, furniture and Audio-Visual (AV) system.
Active Learning is generally defined as any instructional method that engages students in the learning process. In short, active learning requires students to do meaningful learning activities and think about and apply what they are learning. While this definition could include traditional activities such as homework, in practice, active learning refers to activities that are introduced into the classroom. The core elements of active learning are student activity and engagement in the learning process. Active learning is often contrasted to the traditional lecture where students passively receive information from the instructor. More