NSC Awarded New Active Learning Classroom

Active Learning Classroom

Active Learning Classroom

North Seattle College (NSC) has been selected to receive the installation of an active learning classroom through the Active Learning Center (ALC) program, a grant initiative in its third year founded by Steelcase Education.

With the installation of a classroom valued at $65,000, NSC will positively impact teaching and support education for students eager to learn.

The classroom includes modern movable furniture, design, onsite training, installation, and a pre- and post-occupancy measurement tool.

“We expect the new space will help both our students and faculty realize the full potential of an active, student-centered, collaborative classroom,” said Ann Murkowski, NSC biology faculty.

The grant supports both teachers and students by creating an environment that encourages engagement, collaboration and creativity.

The Steelcase learning environment was installed over Summer of 2017 and is ready for Fall of 2017.

“We’ll break in the new space with a variety of chemistry and biology courses. There’s powerful evidence that active, collaborative learning better supports all STEM students, and especially underrepresented students. We’ll also run one of our most innovative programs; our year-long undergraduate research courses, in the new classroom. Effective collaboration and creative thinking are essential components of the program — it’ll be exciting to see the space really support the students,” said Murkowski.   

North Seattle College was among 14 other schools and universities chosen for their unique approaches to active learning, from a pool of over 900 applications.

“North Seattle College was chosen because of a demonstrated commitment to active learning,” said Craig Wilson, director of market development for Steelcase Education. “Research shows that space impacts behavior, and these classrooms will help a new group of instructors and students explore the learning possibilities an interactive space can bring.”

In addition to receiving a new classroom, NSC will receive training from Steelcase on the uses of the furniture in their new spaces, and will also have the opportunity to share insights and best practices with other awarded schools.

Over the two-year program, Steelcase Education and North Seattle College will partner together to conduct assessments and research on the impact of the newly designed space.

For more information on the winners, visit the Steelcase Education website.

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 at 10:54:21

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