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Guide: Active Learning Spaces in Higher Education

New learning methods to help boost student engagement and class participation.

Classrooms are quickly making the transition into more technology-based learning methods. These adjustments are growing the efficiency of flipped and blended learning (a style of teaching that relies on collaboration over lecture). The new technological advancements are increasing engagement in the classroom and result in lower failure rates compared to a traditional lecture hall.

The new technological advancements are increasing engagement in the classroom and result in lower failure rates compared to a traditional lecture hall.

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Get to know the new learning methods based on higher education engagement and class participation.

Because of these new advancements, it is important for our classrooms to be designed with the collaborative classroom style in mind, so they are easily adaptable. Download our free white paper to take a closer look at how to make learning environments technologically effective

 

Executive Summary

With studies showing a positive correlation of technology in the classroom, many teachers are adjusting their teaching to a flipped or blended learning style. This has also opened the opportunity for students to take classes remotely online. The technology has made it possible for students to be collaborative, regardless of their locations. They can collaborate during actual class time with students and teachers through online learning classrooms. They also can meet outside of class time with students and teachers by using private, conferencing spaces called huddle spaces. AV technology can enhance the classroom experience for all different types of students. Here’s a brief look at the various new opportunities and learning spaces enhanced by technology.

 

Collaborative Classroom

With the growth of flipped classroom learning, designers have focused on creating collaborative classrooms to provide positive experiences for all students. In flipped classroom learning, participants spend class time applying knowledge by collaborating with other students. Collaborative classrooms are equipped with furniture and technology that can be reconfigured at any day or time for the activities on a given day. These classrooms not only help the students in the classroom, but it also helps remote students.

Through the technology, remote students actively engage in the activities, like debates or experiments, just like everyone else. Not only are these classrooms enhancing the collaborative experience, they also enhance academic performance. Since collaborative classrooms are implementing digital content in their lessons, there has been an improvement in overall academic performance.

 

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Collaborative Classroom

Digital Lecture Hall

Standard lecture halls have made advancements in their spaces due to the growth of technology being implemented in the classroom. AV technology helped standard lecture halls transition into digital lecture halls. These halls are equipped with technology, making lectures more interactive and simplified for teachers. Teachers can record and stream lectures easily, while displaying multiple presentations at once, utilizing the right gear.

 

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Digital Lecture Hall

Distance and Online Learning Rooms

Higher resolution video technologies are driving many educators to change their rooms to fit more distance and online learning programs. One benefit is the ability for educators to reach a wider audience. This created an incentive for dedicated spaces for the technology and programs to live.

With new video technologies, lectures can have live interaction among all students as opposed to pre-recorded lectures, which were historically the norm. With this live interaction, students can discuss and collaborate on projects in real time.

 

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Distance and Online Learning Room

Huddle Spaces

Spaces where students can work on collaborative projects, meet with educators or meet with study groups are growing in popularity. When paired with AV technology, these spaces are referred to as huddle spaces. Think of them as a conference room but on a smaller scale. These spaces have easily adjusted furniture, a display, cameras, speakers, microphones and any other technology needed to fit the requirements for that space. These spaces have made collaboration much easier for all students while also maintaining a productive working environment.

 

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Huddle Spaces

Conclusion

Educators and students are adapting to technology in the classroom and the benefits are astonishing. Not only are students doing better in classes, they are also able to collaborate in ways that weren’t possible before. They can collaborate with remote students in real time, record lectures, participate in surveys and annotate slideshows.

Many educators are adjusting their classes to a flipped or blended learning style. This means that class time is spent working with other students to apply knowledge. Thus, it is important that everyone participate. AV technology makes this possible, but the design of the spaces is also important. With collaborative classrooms, digital lecture halls and huddle spaces, there is little concern regarding participation among all students.

Legrand | AV has the technology and designs required for a productive learning environment. Between all our brands, we can transition your learning space to be productive and equipped with proper technology for today’s educators.

 

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