Active learning is a broad collection of teaching strategies designed to engage students in the kinds of mental processes and interactions that lead to deeper, more meaningful learning. Strategies range from short reflection prompts and application questions during a lecture to more complex inquiry-based activities that take up full class sessions. Learning environments designed with these practices in mind, such as those in the Anteater Learning Pavilion (ALP), help promote the use of active learning and contribute to improved student and faculty experiences.
In alignment with our Active Learning Initiative and broader goals, DTEI regularly partners with other campus units to translate lessons learned from ALP into improvements to UCI’s 100+ other general assignment classrooms and lecture halls. The UCI Classroom Enhancement Advisory Committee has been critical to these efforts. With representatives from DTEI, Capital Planning, Facilities Management, and the University Registrar, the committee was established in 2018 to review the condition of all general assignment classrooms at UCI, formulate priorities and specific improvement plans, and oversee their implementation. Key improvements accomplished through this committee are highlighted below.
5-Year Impact of DTEI & Classroom Enhancement Committee PROJECTS
Classrooms fully renovated
Classrooms upgraded with new flexible layouts
Classrooms provided improved accessible seating
New classroom chairs and desks
new sets of instructor furniture
New Classroom Enhancement Projects Support Pedagogical Innovation
While instruction for the 2020-21 academic year was remote, the campus hasn’t been sitting idle. In fact, with students and faculty out of classrooms, groups like the Classroom Enhancement Advisory Committee have been hard at work on a series of projects to...
Research, Innovation, and Pedagogical Excellence: Exploring the Future of Higher Education
When the Anteater Learning Pavillion (ALP) opened its doors in fall of 2018, it marked the start of an educational revolution at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). As the first facility in California designed with active learning principles in mind, the...
Classroom Upgrades in Humanities Hall and Social Science Lab
Classrooms in Humanities Hall (HH) and Social Science Lab (SSL) received much needed improvements over summer to enhance the physical spaces and provide greater flexibility for instructors implementing active learning strategies. Key changes include: Interior...
4 Essentials for Learning Space Redesign
Mathew Williams, Principal Analyst with the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, talks with Campus Technology Magazine about the ongoing research and assessment of the Anteater Learning Pavilion being carried out by the Division: "We are curious about...