Goodbye chalkboard! The opportunities and challenges of teaching in an active learning classroom


Professor Chris Buddle writes an very interesting article on some of his experiences with one of our Active Learning Classrooms at Macdonald Campus. These innovative classrooms were designed to support exactly the type of teaching and learning Professor Buddle is implementing: interactive and engaging inquiry. We look forward to more reflections as the term progresses…

Arthropod Ecology

This year I have the pleasure of teaching my Population and Community Ecology class in one of McGill’s Active Learning Classrooms – this one is touted as been quite exceptional, and I’m keen to put it to the test. Over the past 4-5 years, I have been teaching my quantitative ecology course almost entirely with chalk. In fact, I have actively argued about the value of teaching with chalk, and about a move away from technology can be beneficial to student learning, to my own teaching, and overall a very positive experience for all. Now I’ll be faced with this kind of environment when teaching my class:

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 11.14.36 AM A view of two of the group tables in the Macdonald Campus active learning classroom; each “pod” seats 12 students (in three wings), and each is colour coded, and linked and adjacent to a screen and whiteboard So why change?

One problem…

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