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A Sampling of Interactive Learning Classrooms Across the Globe
University of Gothenburg,
Gothenburg, Sweden:
Built first active learning
classroom in 2016 and now
has eight. Also has a learning
commons in its library.

McGill University,
Montreal, Canada:
One of the first outside U.S.
to add collaborative learning
spaces in 2008-09. It now
has 16 such classrooms.

University of Leeds,
Leeds, England:
In 2016, converted three
lecture theaters into
collaborative learning spaces
with tables on tiered levels,
screen sharing and a video
capture system.

Chiba University, Chiba, Japan:
In 2012, incorporated active learning
classrooms in a library expansion. New
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
building also has several active learning
classrooms.

The University of Hong Kong:
Built a new campus in 2012 with 15 active
learning classrooms in three buildings, all
connected to a new learning commons.

Queensland University of Technology,
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:
This early adopter of active learning deploys COWs, or Computerson-Wheels, that move among collaborative tables. The university
has more than 60 problem-based learning rooms.
tech classrooms produced similar learning
outcomes. An earlier Educause study on
learning environments showed that placing round tables in a classroom changed
the behavior of an instructor in a biology
course. It encouraged the teacher to walk

around more and to lecture less.
"Some institutions that want to go in
the direction of high-tech active learning
classrooms can equip them with high-tech
bells and whistles, but institutions that
don't have the resources can also do it,"

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING-Active learning classrooms at Gothenberg University in
Sweden have tables for group collaboration. The professor is typically stationed in
the middle and will move between groups. In this room, each group has its own
whiteboard.
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says Brooks, a co-author of the study that
focused on the round tables.
Every week in a law course at University
of Hong Kong's Lok Yew Hall, 60 tables
are set up for groups of four students to
work on problems and present their findings to the class. The 240 students can't
share their computer screens on the room's
large display, so they give oral reports using
a "Catch Box," a soft foam cube containing a microphone that they toss to another
group after they make their presentation.
"It's not high-tech in terms of lots of
display screens everywhere, but it's using
technology appropriately," says Kelly, who
also led learning space development at the
University of Birmingham in England.
"We try not to outfit the room with lots of
technology. It's not about the technology.
It's about how we can help the teachers do
what they need to do."

Sherrie Negrea is an Ithaca, New York-based
writer and a frequent contributor to UB.
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