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
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.
- 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.
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
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.