Collaborative Learning Spaces
The University of Arizona has made a strong commitment to the improvement of teaching quality. Hundreds of studies show that students learn more and fail less when active learning strategies are used. To this end, Collaborative Learning Spaces (CLSs) that facilitate collaborative active learning have been created. In these spaces, faculty members are using innovative teaching and learning strategies that promote higher order thinking that leads to better understanding and improved ability to transfer knowledge to other applications. These rooms are an important component of the University's commitment to continuous improvement and culture change.
NEW! The process for requesting a Collaborative Learning Space (CLS) has been updated. Faculty who are committed to teaching in a manner suitable for the CLSs can now apply to become a CLS Preferred Instructor which will be taken into account during the schedule optimization process.
As before, departments express their preference for a CLS by selecting the Room Characteristic (35-Collaborative Learning Space) during Open Scheduling, but they no longer indicate their preference for specific rooms - the optimization software selects the rooms based on capacity needs and region of campus.
In a university-wide collaborative effort, a wide variety of centrally-scheduled Collaborative Learning Spaces (CLSs) are being developed at the University of Arizona.
Determine if a Collaborative Learning Space is a good fit and learn how to request a CLS for your course.
CLS Instructors and their team of Learning Assistants need to prepare for the unique learning environment in the Collaborative Learning Spaces.