New classroom designs increase attendance and retention

Rolling chairs are the new lecterns

Innovative new classroom designs foster collaboration and student-centered teaching, Diane Peters reports for University Affairs.

Schools across the United States and Canada have been making the switch from traditional lecture-hall classrooms to active-learning classrooms and labs, which feature tables, desks, and chairs with wheels, white boards on all four walls of the room, and student screen projection capabilities, among other technologies meant to engage students.

 

In 2014, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that average exam scores went up by 6% for students in active learning classes. Students who learned in lecture halls alone were 1.5 times more likely to fail.

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How do professors really feel about technology in the classroom?

According to Campus Technology‘s first-ever Teaching with Tech survey, instructors favor the use of technology in higher education, Dian Schaffhauser and Rhea Kelly report for the publication.

The magazine asked 524 higher ed faculty members across the country about their use of technology for teaching and learning. Instructors described their experience of technology in the following ways:

  • 88% say technology made them more effective teachers;
  • 84% say technology positively affected learning;
  • 81% reported an “extremely positive” or “mostly positive” effect on education; and
  • 77% reported technology made their jobs easier.

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