Net Talk

How to successfully plan, develop and realize an active learning space in your college

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011
  • part 1
  • part 2
  • part 3
  • part 4


  • Elizabeth Charles, Dawson College


  • Chris Whittaker, Dawson College

Many of us are now sold on the notion of active learning. Indeed, many of us are adapting our teaching style to incorporate more and more active learning techniques and strategies. But most of us don’t have access to classrooms that were specifically designed for active learning. So, how do we change that? How do we go from wanting an active learning space to having one?

In the fall of 2009, the Physics Department at Dawson College proudly inaugurated two new teaching labs – labs that were specifically designed for active learning. It was the culmination of two years of careful work; work that was not always easy and work that involved lots of people, some money and a whole mess of competing interests and needs. At present, we are in the middle of repeating that process, but this time it’s for a technology rich active learning general classroom.

So what are the lessons that we’ve learned along the way? What should you do (and not do) if you want to realize an active learning space in your institution? I promise, I will tell all. Hope you can attend.

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