1 Swansea University (UNITED KINGDOM)
2 Texas A&M University (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2019 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 7691-7699
ISBN: 978-84-09-14755-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2019.1828
Conference name: 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 11-13 November, 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Many higher education institutions are considering the transition to active learning approaches. Traditional lecture theatre settings are used, but some of the most effective techniques such as design-based learning are easiest to apply in collaborative group spaces. However, the costs of building new learning spaces can be prohibitive while convincing busy staff to re-think their teaching approach an unenviable task. In this work, the journey to Swansea University’s first reconfigurable computer lab and active learning studio is explored as an approach to solving both these issues and opening doors to innovation and new programmes. Feedback is presented from both staff and students to show the impact on student learning and the adoption of new pedagogies.

The introduction of the active learning studio has led to new initiatives, including funding to link a Swansea University collaborative space with further education colleges in the region. It has also led to the College of Engineering at Swansea being invited to join a globally delivered group design module with partners in the US, Brazil and France. This collaborative approach paves the way for consideration of new funding and educational models where students can study elective modules outside their home institutions while retaining the benefits of active learning methods.
Active Classrooms, collaboration, collaborative learning.