National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms edition:3 location:Minnesota, USA date:5-7 August 2015
An increasing number of studies indicate that the learning outcome of traditional lectures is lower than
anticipated . Innovative pedagogical practices such as interactive-engagement methods have been studied
and applied as alternatives. Research shows that these active and collaborative methods lead to better and
deeper learning and improved study results . Concurrently, next generation classrooms (NGC) have been
appearing worldwide, where teachers and students get the opportunity to interact with each other in a flexible
way . However, a bigger framework is often missing, linking innovative teaching methods and learning
spaces. Next to that, a vast amount of teaching staff are not aware of the didactic and organizational
possibilities of NGC to support, enrich and empower the learning process.
Within the Flemish higher education institutions, a vicious cycle was detected. The traditional design involved
in new buildings and refurbishments, incorporating almost uniquely classical lecture halls, forces teaching staff
to use traditional instructional methods. The lack of use of innovative teaching practices reduces the demand
for new and flexible rooms, which reinforces the traditional habits of teachers. The Flanders wide project ALINA
aims to stop this vicious cycle by bridging the gap between didactic methods and learning space. Hereby ALINA
wants to inspire and change the management and teaching staff of the University of Leuven and the associated
university colleges. This presentation will show provisional project results, such as the outcome of a Flanders
wide survey of teaching staff which proves the tremendous demand of NGC that is not met by the current
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