Teaching labs and ALC
Educate's mission includes providing appropriate facilities, including teaching labs. What is a teaching lab?
Educate's mission states that the assignment will lead to JU having one (or more) teaching labs, where JU teachers will be able to test different state-of-the-art methods and tools for teaching and learning in higher education.
Such teaching labs should be equipped and ready for use by the end of 2023, together with a plan for keeping the facilities updated and relevant. By then, all JU teachers will have equal opportunity to use these facilities.
We are currently updating room C3028 in the University Library as the first Educate teaching lab at JU.
List of teaching labs
List of Active Learning Classrooms
The list of teaching labs is continously updated. You can book counselling together with Educate in our teaching labs,
but until we have our plan for making such resources available to everyone at JU, we are dependent on the scheduling of the professional schools.
What is an Active Learning Classroom (ALC)?
Active Learning Classrooms are designed to maximize active learning through collaborative and multimodal teaching, as opposed to traditional lecture halls. Sometimes there are also technological solutions to enable active learning.
Research shows that teaching in a room designed to support active learning can affect more than learning - it can also affect attitude, behaviour and engagement. On one hand, there is research that demonstrates the effect on younger people, such as Yanner et. al (2021). There the link is made to deeper cognitive processes in active learning. On the other hand, there are also studies showing that teaching methods (active learning) and analogue features (e.g. flexible seating and whiteboards) have a much greater effect on students' motivation, learning outcomes and collaboration than digital and high-tech features (Baepler, et. al. 2016).
Baepler, P, Walker, J.D., Brooks, D.C., Saichaie, K, and Petersen, C. (2016). A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
Yannier, N. et al. (2021) Active learning: “Hands-on” meets “minds-on”. SCIENCE, 30 Sep 2021, Vol 374, Issue 6563, pp. 26-30. DOI: 10.1126/science.abj9957