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Wednesday, June 18 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.10 – Building WALS (Western Active Learning Space)

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A general use, traditional “flat” layout classroom at the Western University has been transformed into a space to support learner-centred teaching. Drawing on the plethora of literature that describes the benefits to students and teachers (e.g., Barr & Tang, 1995; Astin, 1999; Graetz, 2006), the design created by the steering committee made-over the existing classroom into an interactive classroom that inspires learner-centred teaching. 

This poster describes the parallel tracks of envisioning and building the physical space, and mapping the underlying considerations for the layering of pedagogy that occurred during planning for the WALS construction.  A rationale for the furniture and technology selection is underpinned by the creation of five modules that illustrate the pedagogical thinking that must accompany any transformation of teaching areas into learning spaces.


Wednesday June 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
McArthur Hall

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