Active Learning Classroom
An Active Learning Classroom is a space configured to support a learning approach called Active Learning, which focuses the responsibility of learning on the learners. Essentially, this involves hands-on, interactive, and collaborative activities between students, and the role of the professor becomes that of coach and guide.
Active Learning Classrooms at Seneca@York
- Reconfigurable work tables and chairs. Most of these pods have two trapezoidal tables that can be arranged into a hexagon, V-shape, or straight line, and five or six chairs.
- A whiteboard, arranged vertically.
- A large LCD display.
- Power outlets.
Seating at the pods will vary by class -- your professor may assign seating sometimes, and you may form your own groups at other times.
Rearranging the Furniture
Please feel free to rearrange the furniture in your pod as you see fit. Please return it to (roughly) the original position when you're done.
When reviewing things on the screen, a V-shaped arrangement around the screen may prove effective; when holding a group discussion, the hexagontal configuration may be best.
Using the Whiteboard
Please use only the supplied whiteboard markers and eraser on the whiteboard, and please erase the board when you're done.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
This class is configured as a BYOD environment. Please bring a device -- laptop, smartphone, or tablet with a wifi network connection, VGA or HDMI output, and whatever software is appropriate to your course.
If your device has a different connector, such as DisplayPort, MyDP, or mini/micro-HDMI, please bring appropriate adapters.
If you do not have a suitable device, you may want to consider the library's laptop loan program.
Using the Screen (and Speakers)
Screen Sharing and Blanking
The touchscreen LCD panel located at the professor's console can be used to share the signal sent to one screen with all the screens in the room (the same image is repeated on each screen). This is used for presentations and for sharing code examples. When a screen is shared, audio is routed to the ceiling speakers.
The touchscreen LCD panel can also be used to blank specific screens around the room.
A video tutorial explains the A/V system.