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Stetson University unveils new SCALE-UP classroom
posted Sep 24, 2013 - 11:41:50am
A new, cutting-edge classroom design called SCALE-UP: Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Upside-down Pedagogies is now being used by students at Stetson University. The new classroom allows faculty to use leading technology and high-impact teaching methods designed to help students retain more of what they learn, and to work together in an interactive environment.
Dr. Alicia Schultheis, associate professor of biology, has been a driving force behind making the classroom a reality. The classroom is Room 222 in Sage Hall, 136 E. Minnesota Ave. in DeLand.
Research shows that interactive learning allows students to retain more of what they learn.
The SCALE-UP classroom design forces students to work together in groups while the instructor acts as a facilitator of discussions and learning. Typically, students will read, view or listen to a lecture outside of class, then come to the classroom prepared to work with others on what they learned in the lecture. This is called “flipping” the classroom, where the lecture is provided for students at home, and the “homework” is actually done in the classroom with other students and the instructor available to help. The interactive learning environment benefits students because they retain more of what they learn.
Technology and tools used throughout the classroom includes:
•A tablet that professors use to project what they write onto large, white screens around the room
•Four large white screens that project the images from the professor’s tablet or students’ laptops
•Eight flat screen televisions that also serves to project images from the professor’s tablet or students’ laptops
•Eight round tables that allow students to connect their laptops to the screens
•Eight speakers installed in the ceiling
•Hand-held clickers that students use to respond to quizzes projected on the screens
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