Active Learning Classrooms

Marc outlined some of the challenges in transforming a physical classroom to an active learning room that facilitates effective video conferencing. They ended up with a room with tables and no identifiable “prof” chair. Each one has monitors, both a Mac and a PC and soundproofing. A lot of negotiation and planning went into the process.

I would love to teach in a classroom like this. The technology in the space and layout challenges educators to re-think the old and tired methods of teaching. We do have some spaces like this at Cambrian, but I have not been fortunate enough to have small enough classes to fit in the rooms we have. Just looking at the room I can visualize new possibilities for learning. In my program we have a lot of group work. This layout is perfect for promoting effective group work and engages online peers.

Evolving Models

Nancy discussed a model she used at the University of Ottawa for blended learning. Blended learning splits online and in-class learning activities. Their funding was targeted to train 500 faculty and develop 1,000 blended learning courses. They offered a way too intense training option followed by more targeted approach where educators worked with the course they were teaching. In their growth they found that listening to faculty was very importation to promote engagement and motivation. They say faculty need support to move away from lectures.

PS: This presentation helped me be empathetic to people whose first language is not English.



Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit


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