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Centre for Teaching & Learning

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Centre for Teaching & Learning

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. 


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 (TSC 2.02)

The Active Learning Centre in the Student Centre hosted it's first classes in September 2017.  This 60 seat classroom features easily moveable tables and chairs making, lots of whiteboards, all the latest technologies as well as beautiful views of the Otonabee River.  

Deborah Berrill 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.