USC Upstate Debuts Active Learning Classroom

January 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate will debut its first active learning classroom, equipped to better meet the needs of today’s connected students, on Friday, February 6. An open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Stockwell Administration Building, Room 104.

The active learning classroom offers an engaging educational experience that is connected, experiential, and flexible to help students learn how to search for information from where they are on a variety of devices. It features flexible pods with movable furniture, dry-erase wall and desk coverings for informal work with visual tools, and technological enhancements designed to enable active student involvement and enrich the learning environment.

USC Upstate received a $2.2 million grant Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year and refitting classrooms as active learning spaces is one component of the grant. The funds will also be used to hire four academic advisers, provide faculty development opportunities, and encourage technology integration into course offerings.

“Title III funding programs provide grants to higher education institutions to expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability,” said Susannah Waldrop, director of the Student Success Center at USC Upstate. “During this five year grant, we will continue to assess student engagement and learning in Active Learning spaces and build on the areas we find most successful.”

For more information, contact Susannah Waldrop at (864) 503-5414 or swaldrop@uscupstate.edu.