Active Learning Classroom Design to Support Innovative Information Literacy Instruction
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The Baylor Libraries have converted underutilized office/ storage space into much needed library instructional space. In light of the growing body of evidence that indicates active learning techniques have a positive impact on students, an opportunity was identified to create a premier space that focused on active learning. The design process employed active learning standards from the Learning Spaces Rating System and advanced technology to create a versatile, modern learning space that enables and encourages librarians (and others) to use active learning techniques for instruction. The Active Learning Lab provides a space for librarians to experiment with pedagogical approaches, has generated new partnerships between librarians and faculty, schools, and departments, and has established the libraries as a campus leader in active learning initiatives.