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Active Learning Classrooms

About Active Learning Classrooms

Mulford 230

In partnership with the Office of the Registrar, ETS helps to promote and support flexible classroom designs in the general assignment classroom pool. An example is Room 230 Mulford Hall, which is a teaching and learning space that allows faculty to move their course design beyond the traditional lecture format. The room design, flexible furniture, writing surfaces, and technology support instructors in engaging their students in collaborative learning activities. 

Renovations to create several more of these flexible learning spaces are planned for 2015, using feedback from faculty following the debut of Room 118 Barrows Hall in 2013 and the original concept "Test Kitchen" in Dwinelle Hall. Each physical space is designed with furniture and technology that are inviting and flexible, providing more substantive opportunities for instructors and students to engage actively in the teaching and learning process.


By Fall 2015, there will be five active learning classrooms in the General Assignment classroom pool: Room 20 Barrows (capacity 54), Room 110 Barrows (capacity 54), Room 118 Barrows (capacity 30), Room 122 Barrows (capacity 36), and Room 230 Mulford (capacity 30).

Note: The deadline for priority scheduling for Fall 2015 is Thursday, March 26, 2015. You can submit a request for Fall 2015 priority scheduling in active learning classrooms by filling out this Google Form, hosted by the Office of the Registrar: Request for Active Learning Classroom-Fall 2015. After March 26, you can request an active learning classroom through your department scheduler.

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Recent Active Learning Classroom Articles

Posted December 6, 2011 | Article

You've heard about ETS' active learning classroom, Dwinelle 127, but listen to what students are saying:

Dwinelle 127 Test Kitchen Updated
Posted September 7, 2011 | Article

Dwinelle 127 is all about collaboration. If you would like to visit the classroom, you’re teaching ‘actively’ by working in small groups or assigning projects and need a collaboration space for either the whole semester or just part of the semester, and your class seats no more than 32 students, you may want to consider teaching in Dwinelle 127 now!

Posted September 2, 2011 | Article

The Active Learning Classrooms working group was convened in July 2009 by Vice Provosts Koshland and Maslach and Vice Chancellor LeGrande. Deborah Nolan, then Acting Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in L&S and Professor of Statistics, served as chair.

The following charge was given to the group:

photo of a class working in small groups in Dwinelle 127
Posted July 19, 2011 | Article

Recently ETS was given the challenge to create a "test kitchen," a space where faculty and instructors can be more innovative in their teaching practice and where students can engage actively in the teaching and learning process. Thanks to the Campus Committee on Classroom Policy and Management, ETS is creating such a space in Dwinelle 127, an ETS departmental classroom seating up to 32 students.