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New Active Learning Classrooms Coming to McCombs

Beginning in Fall 2014, a large portion of the current Millennium Lab space will be converted into two Active Learning Classrooms (ALC), an innovative classroom space for McCombs BBA Students.

Modeled after the classrooms at Deloitte University (Deloitte’s leadership development center in Westlake, Texas), these “team-based, adaptable and state-of-the-art learning environments” represent an important innovation in classroom design and an important new resource for the McCombs community. We are grateful to the partners, employees of Deloitte LLP, its subsidiaries, and the Deloitte Foundation who helped fund the creation of these Active Learning Classrooms through individual personal contributions that were matched by the Deloitte Foundation.

ALC Highlights

  • Cooperative learning environments that motivate collaboration among students.
  • Technology that lets students and instructor easily present work to each other.
  • Flexible furniture designed to facilitate small-group work.
  • The ability for instructors to interactively coach students during activities.
  • Increase the ability to emulate real-world practices.
Active Learning Classroom

Through an innovative layout of the space and flexible furniture students can collaborate in groups and have access to dedicated technology, including computer screen-sharing, whiteboards and projectors. With this equipment the instructor can employ new ways of engaging with students through collaborative learning activities and easy use of media that invites participation.

The design of the space lets the instructors easily switch between presenting to the entire class and consulting with individual student groups on their work. Both instructor and students can move freely around the room to collaborate and engage in conversation. In short, the ALC accommodates all different teaching modes including lecture style, team-based collaboration and group discussions to offer a well-balanced learning experience.