Learning space renovations at ISU

CELT is engaged in a number of initiatives related to active learning across campus. One initiative includes working closely with ISU Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) and Information Technology Services to renovate and update existing classroom spaces to accommodate active learning.

A recent collaborative project resulted in updating Gilman 2104. The new classroom features a flexible layout for multiple seating configurations and additional technology designed to enhance student learning. Research shows this kind of seating flexibility can significantly enhance student learning by engaging students in their learning and building positive relationships between instructors and students—interactions that are crucial to effective teaching and engaged learning.

Melissa Rands, doctoral candidate ISU School of Education completed an assessment of the renovated Gilman 2104 classroom. The assessment investigated how instructors utilized the active learning classroom’s design to promote active learning and what impact the design had on student learning from both students’ and instructors’ perspectives. The findings from this research serve the dual purpose of providing evidence on the use and impact of classroom space on learning, and will help inform decisions on classroom designs that promote active learning strategies.

This seminar was presented by Melissa Rands on March 5, 2015.

The renovation and evaluation of this and other active learning classrooms is part of an ongoing campus-wide evaluation of learning spaces at Iowa State University.