Active Learning Centre
A State-of-the-Art Facility
The University of Ottawa is about to break ground on another major construction project that will build a state-of-the-art $83M facility to be known as The Active Learning Centre, a place that will be entirely dedicated to student services. The new building will be attached to Lamoureux Hall and will house 26 classrooms, four of which will be Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) used for active, and collaborative learning.
Given its prime location at the crossroads of several campus pathways, The Learning Centre is destined to become a favourite meeting place for students.
Active Learning Classrooms
ALCs are flexible learning spaces specifically designed to facilitate and promote student-centred interactions, on site and across global communities, via videoconferencing technologies.
- With a capacity of 117 seats, two rooms allow for multiple groups of different sizes to collaborate with one another. It emphasizes a mix of instructor and student-led learning.
- The 72-seat room is designed for team-based learning and problem solving as supported by an individual screen and independent computers to allow teams the possibility of fully benefiting from the collaborative use of computer assisted content creation.
- At 56 spaces, this room is equipped with moveable chairs featuring tablet arms which allow for different group configurations and for immediate flexibility in any form of classroom interaction. Writable walls, fostering kinetic learning, allow for students to easily engage in brainstorming and concept mapping activities.
Aline Germain-Rutherford, associate vice-president
Learner-centred education enhanced by technology-rich learning environments increase learning gains and the quality of students' learning experience; The new active learning classrooms (ALCs) of the [NAME of the CENTRE] will be places for students and professors to experience innovative ways of teaching and learning.
The TLSS Training Centre strategically located near the ALCs will offer training and support to instructors as they explore and implement new pedagogies and modes of learning with digital technologies. TLSS’s experts in university teaching and educational technology will work with faculty who express the desire to use the ALCs to ensure that they are used to their optimum pedagogical potential.
Leslie Weir, University Librarian
The new Library spaces will focus on active learning experiences that occur beyond the classroom, with dynamic and technology-rich environments where students can learn and create together.
Frequently Ask Question (FAQ)
Percentage of the building space dedicated to the following purposes:
Features of the Active Learning Hub
A building made with new generation of students in mind
4 Technology enhanced Active learning as follows
- 2 x 117 seats (13 tables - fix center, mobile sides @ 9 seats / table) + prof.
- 72 seats (8 tables - fix center, mobile sides @ 9 seats/table) + prof.
- 54 seats + prof – (chairs on wheels, with arm tablets and underneath storage shelf)
350 seats amphitheater Fix table + 2 ranges per tier / stackable chairs ) + prof.
350 seats amphitheater Fix table + 2 ranges per tier / stackable chairs+ prof.
- Traditional classroom 67 seats + prof (mobile tables (flip-top?) stackable chairs) + prof.
- Traditional classroom 63 seats + prof. NOTE: 1/room wheelchair capacity.
- Traditional classroom 65 seats + prof. NOTE: 1/room wheelchair capacity.
- 8 CBL 16 seats Break-out / seminar rooms + prof (2 fix tables with power and LCD screens).
- Traditional classroom 51 seats + prof (mobile tables (flip-top?)+ stackable chairs + Arts storage + counter + sink) + prof; NOTE: 1/room wheelchair capacity.
- Traditional classroom 54 seats (mobile tables (flip-top?)+ stackable chairs + Arts storage + counter + sink) + prof; NOTE: 1/room wheelchair capacity.
- Traditional classroom 47 seats (mobile tables (flip-top?)+ stackable chairs + Arts storage + counter + sink) + prof; NOTE: 1/room wheelchair capacity.
- 12 CBL * 16 seats Break-out / seminar rooms + prof (2 fix tables power and screens):
Location of the Active Hub
History of ALCs at University of Ottawa
Student can, for exemple, take the place of the professor and experience how it's like to teach to a small or bigger group.
Student from home or a remote campus can join a group during the session and can share any work, document, etc., with her or his pairs.
Student can easily present the result of a work to his or her pairs by using his laptop, tablet or even Smart phone if necessary.
It's very easy to engage student for smal group discussion.
Resources and Research Related to ALC.
These resources range from handbooks on facilitating group work, to writing-to-learn activities, to video capsules on addressing active learning challenges and student resistance.
- Active/cooperative learning web sites - links, papers and other resources on active/cooperative learning: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Student-Centered.html#Websites.
- Active learning: 101 strategies to teach any subject - This book offers an introduction to active learning by sharing many strategy how-to's, from fishbowls to learning contracts to poster sessions to guided note-taking. It effectively compiles advice in "top 10" lists that respond to many of the questions instructors may have as they begin incorporating these strategies in their courses. McGill Library: http://catalogue.mcgill.ca/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=catalogue&request=001518730.
- Collaborative learning techniques - This handbook provides detailed recommendations and rationales related to facilitating group work at the university level. Barkley, E.F., Cross, K.P., and Major, C.H. (2005). Collaborative Learning Techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons. McGill Library: http://catalogue.mcgill.ca/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=catalogue&request=002876880.
- Cooperative Learning in Technical Courses - R. Felder and R. Brent. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Coopreport.html.
- Creating involvement in the classroom - LaSere Erickson, B., Peters, C. B., & Weltner Strommer, D. (2006). Addresses the varied instructional purposes of approaches such as small-group discussions (from review to warm-up to promoting understanding and applying ideas in new contexts, for example), writing-to-learn activities, case studies and role playing, and how they can occur even in large first-year classes.In Teaching First-Year College Students (pp. 103-118). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/mcgill/docDetail.action?docID=10356544.
- Scenes from a classroom: Making active learning work - This website provides a number of video capsules that illustrate issues that may occur when implementing active learning, including student complaints, the time-consuming nature of the activities, group work issues and more. It addresses each concern, with suggestions for how to approach these issues in the classroom and ensure that students understand why active learning is being used. University of Minnesota, 2008. https://cei.umn.edu/support-services/tutorials/active-learning-classrooms
- Student engagement techniques - A detailed compendium of different strategies for engaging students in a variety of university-level courses. Barkley, E. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. Hoboken, New Jersey: Jossey-Bass. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/mcgill/docDetail.action?docID=10351921.
- Student-Centered Instruction - "Navigating the Bumpy Road to Student-Centered Instruction"; Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Resist.html.
- Team Learning - “Turning student groups into effective teams”; Oakley, B., Felder, R., Brent, R., Elhajj, I. (2004). New Forums Press. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Oakley-paper(JSCL).pdf.
- Active Learning in Higher Education [e-journal] - available through the McGill Library: http://journals.sagepub.com/loi/alh.