Functional By Design
Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) at Stony Brook feature modular furniture, expanded
AV equipment that allows for multiple device connectivity, and collaboration-centered
equipment such as moveable white boards and work stations.
Why use active learning?
Students are more successful in active learning classrooms.
Broad-based research shows that students perform 6% better on exams, and 10% fewer
students fail in active learning classrooms. (See Active learning increases student
performance in science, engineering, and mathematics;
"[Under active learning,] students learn more, which means we're doing our job better.
They get higher grades and fail less, meaning that they are more likely to stay in
STEM majors, which should help solve a major national problem. Finally, there is a
strong ethical component. There is a
growing body of evidence
showing that active learning differentially benefits students of color and/or students
from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or women in male-dominated fields. It's not a stretch
to claim that lecturing actively discriminates against underrepresented students."