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BGSU starts teaching in 'Active Learning Classrooms'

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bowling Green State University is starting to teach in a newer, less conventional classroom. So far, instructors are giving it an 'A+.'

At the end of 2012, the university unveiled its new Active Learning Classroom. It's a collaborative effort from several departments to give students more learning options. 

The room doesn't have desks. Instead, there are several round tables surrounded by chairs. The goal is to encourage group work and discussions. The chairs have wheels to make rearranging the classroom easier.

The instructor doesn't have a podium in front of the class, like typical lecture halls. Instead, the podium is at the center of the room, surrounded by the students' tables and chairs to encourage professors to move around and interact with students more frequently.

Instructors call the room's technology, "the icing on the cake." The room has several large, flat-screen televisions on the walls. Students can connect tablets and computers to the tables, plus pull up the same information on the larger TV screens. Professors can also showcase more information by pulling up different things on different screens. 

BGSU officials say the classroom will meet the needs of multiple disciplines and it's hoping to use the room for a wide variety of courses.

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