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Innovative Active Classroom Designs to Solve Challenges and Target Specific Learning Pedagogies
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About this session:

Session Outcomes:

1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe a variety of learning space designs.
2. Upon completion, participants will be able to strategize learning space design principles.
3. Upon completion, participants will describe how learning spaces can impact faculty and students.

Session Abstract:

Active learning approaches can look different based on discipline, instructional goals, and class size. A variety of learning spaces to meet these varying instructional needs have been created. This session will highlight examples of the classroom designs that target specific types of learning. Classrooms with interactive video walls, large active lecture classrooms, and a collaborative computer lab will be showcased.

Session Description:

With the current shift to active learning pedagogies for increased student engagement, there is a need to develop a wide array of learning space designs that introduce new ideas or ways of thinking that translates the design into action to solve a specific problem or create new opportunities for learning. Indiana University has recently launched the Mosaic Active Learning Initiative. The initiative recognizes that active learning approaches can look different based on discipline, instructional goals, and class size. This new initiative works to create a rich variety of active learning spaces to meet these widely varying instructional needs—much like the many unique tiles that comprise a mosaic. This session will give specific examples of the innovative classroom designs that target specific types of learning or solve a specific problem or challenge in the classroom. Classroom designs that include interactive touch video walls, large active learning lecture classroom, and a collaborative computer lab format will be showcased. The session will also highlight the faculty teaching in these spaces and how classroom design can foster improved student learning and engagement. Initial research findings on these spaces will be introduced as well as ideas for future space designs.

Session Participant Engagement Strategies:

The session will be highly interactive with a visual exploration of the details of each active learning classroom example. Video clips from students and instructors will be shared. The actual presentation will be highly visual with little text on the screen showing real world examples of the spaces. The participants in the session will take part in an active learning activity where they will brainstorm ideas for new types of active learning spaces. Their ideas will be shared on an interactive online collaborative site where all ideas are generated and shared. An interactive quiz will be given at the end with give-away materials from the Indiana University Mosaic Initiative.

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About the presenter:

Julie Johnston, Indiana University

Julie Johnston is the Director of Learning Spaces for Indiana University. This position manages three entities of UITS Learning Technologies: Classroom Technology Services, Student Technology Computing, and Technology Computer Consulting. Along with managing these services, she is ultimately responsible for the design of Learning Spaces for the campus, specifically active learning classrooms, informal learning spaces, and student technology center spaces. She was actively involved in assisting with the launch of Indiana University's new active learning initiative, Mosaic (

Julie has over 20+ years working in Instructional Technology Leadership positions in higher education and K-12. Due to her interest in learning management systems, she also has been involved in early pilots of ANGEL during its early development on the IUPUI campus.



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