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Active Learning Spaces

Welcome to Active Learning Spaces. As with anything when it comes to professional development and the continuous need and want to learn, collaboration is fundamental to its success.The Centre for Teaching and Learning is excited to share and make available new spaces to faculty, staff and students to enhance their learning in environments that are not only comfortable and inspiring, but also accessible and practical. 

Please click on the spaces below that have been created through the collaboration of 3 departments for your continued learning.

Deborah Berill Design Studio (Coming Soon)

Vice President of Advancement and Alumni, Julie Davis with assistance from President Leo Groarke and Director of the CTL, Cathy Bruce, announced this new “teaching excellence by design” studio at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence. The studio will provide a state-of-the-art space for instructors to develop and test out interactive teaching techniques that can ultimately enrich students’ learning experiences at Trent. The design studio will include collaborative spaces for viewing and refining teaching practices, for encouraging teaching scholarship and collaboration, and for incubating and experimenting with powerful pedagogies. The studio will be named after an inspirational award winning Trent professor emeritus, Dr. Deborah Berrill.


BL201 Collaborative Meeting Space

The Centre for Teaching and Learning collaborated with the Bata Library staff and Information Technology in the design of BL 201.  The room is a new active learning and meeting space featuring up-to-date technology and moveable furniture enabling collaboration in a bright and welcoming space.  Collaborative spaces like this enable alternative pedagogies allowing for more inquiry and investigative work. The centrally located room is available to librarians, faculty and staff for workshops, consultations, training and meetings and also offers students an ideal spot to collaborate on presentations and for group study.  BL 201 is located on the main floor (2nd floor) of the Bata Library and funded in part through a generous donation from David and Joan Moore.  

Please visit https://www.trentu.ca/library/about/collaborativespace for the guidelines for using the room as well as the link to the booking portal (https://scheduler.trentu.ca/enterpriseportal/index.php)


OC143 Active Learning Classroom

The goal of an active learning classroom involves creating student-centred learning environments that encourage and facilitate more active and collaborative teaching approaches. Through consultations and research conducted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, particularly on the first year student experience, Trent realizes the impact and influence that physical space can have on pedagogical possibilities.  This classroom was renovated to a state of the art space that will enhance the learning experience for teacher education students. 

Designs such as this reflect a broad change in the focus of pedagogy.  In a standard lecture hall, the speaker is the focus of the learning environment but in flexible designs that support active, collaborative learning, students are empowered – under faculty mentoring and guidance – to explore course content and ideas in an environment that has multiple points from which learning can emerge.


Student Centre Active Learning Classroom (Coming Sping 2018)

Draft floor plan for Active Learning Classroom in Student Centre