The two auditoria in Strong and Mossman Halls were designed as ideal locations for active learning, and offer a unique combination of features unlike many other classrooms on campus. Comparatively, these auditoria are rare nationwide, as many other universities have not had the opportunity to design spaces that facilitate active learning in large classes.
The design of these rooms allows instructors who are teaching large classes to pursue UT Knoxville’s Vol Vision 2020 goal of engaged learning. As a result, the University Space Committee has developed a plan for allocating time slots in the Strong Hall auditoria that will maximize the number of students engaged in active learning in these rooms.
Instructors who plan to teach in either auditorium in spring 2018 will commit to participate in a series of sessions during the 2017 – 2018 academic year, which includes the following:
- Participation in a workshop series on active learning strategies (approximately 50 minutes each)
- Technology training by OIT
- Participation in a twice monthly Faculty Dialogue (also known as a Learning Community) to discuss strategies and classroom use, ideas, successes, and failures (50 minute meetings)
- Participation in an assessment program that involves surveys and other instruments at the beginning and end of the semester
Please register for the required sessions in the form below by September 22, 2017. Dr. Stan Guffey, the Teaching and Learning Center faculty scholar, will follow up with participants on the chosen schedule.
When Mossman Hall is completed and ready for scheduling, we anticipate that similar criteria will be used to allocate space in the active learning classrooms in that building as well. Instructors who would like to teach in the Mossman Hall active learning classrooms may therefore want to participate in training during 2017 – 2018.