Rooms for Engaged & Active Learning

MSU’s University Classroom Committee has adopted innovative classroom designs to facilitate engaged and active learning called Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL).

REAL 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.

A faculty membe rinteracts with students in an MSU Room for Engaged and Active Learning

MSU’s University Classroom Committee has adopted innovative classroom designs to facilitate engaged and active learning called Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL).

MSU’s REAL spaces 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

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.
Drawing for the layout for an MSU Room for Engaged and Active Learning space

List of REAL spaces:

  • Case: 337 (primary scheduling to department)
  • Chemistry: 323
  • Ernst Bessey Hall: 114, 310, 315
  • Life Sciences: A131 (primary scheduling to department)
  • McDonel: 2, 38
  • MSU Union: 55
  • Music: 241 (primary scheduling to department)

These rooms use 6-10 semi-circular tables and generally accommodate up to 72 students.

Planning to Teach in a REAL Space

Before signing up for training, keep in mind that courses should:

  • Focus on active learning
  • Provide opportunities for students to work together
  • Devote a large portion of class time to questions and discussion

Apply to Teach in REAL

These spaces are open to MSU tenured, tenure-track, and fixed-term faculty members. Anyone who wishes to teach in a REAL space must first go through a training session.

  • Individual consultations are available for interested faculty members
  • Workshops are available for departments and colleges

To schedule a consultation or workshop contact the MSU Help Desk:
Phone: (517) 432-6200
Email: ithelp@msu.edu

Or submit a service request under the Instructional Technology Services category.

Students work togehter and collaborate in an MSU Room for Engaged and Active Learning