Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning
MSU’s University Classroom Committee has spearheaded an effort to adopt innovative classroom designs to facilitate engaged and active learning.
To distinguish the unique design considerations and capabilities, we are calling these Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL).
REAL classroom spaces are specifically designed to enable lively interaction, enhanced learning, and increased faculty and student engagement.
In November 2012, MSU completed construction on the first two classrooms designed as REAL spaces in McDonel Hall. Faculty and instructors could apply to teach in REAL spaces beginning with 2013 Spring Semester courses.
There is also a REAL space in the MSU Union and two more rooms are planned for Bessey.
MSU's REAL are based on principles from the Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) project, which originated at North Carolina State University to establish collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning areas. Other universities have also adopted the SCALE-UP model to fit their specific needs.
REAL spaces feature an instructor station, four flat panel displays around the room, dual flat panel displays at each table, and whiteboards around the room for each table.
These rooms use 10 semi-circular tables and generally accommodate 60 students.
These spaces are open to MSU tenured, tenure-track, and fixed-term faculty members, who must apply to if interested in teaching in REAL spaces.
The REAL Academy for Faculty will provide training the semester before teaching a course in REAL spaces.
REAL Academy training includes:
- Academy Class 1: Welcome and Background on SCALE-UP; Introduction to Active Learning
- Academy Class 2: Matching Course Design with Active Learning Pedagogy
- Academy Class 3: Matching Active Learning Pedagogy with Affordances of Technology
- Academy Class 4: REAL Faculty Showcase and Next Steps