Mid-Atlantic 2021 Symposium:
Integrating Place and Pedagogy to Foster Active Learning: What Works

June 16, 2021
Online | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM ET

Over the past year the pandemic has brought many challenges to higher education as well as opportunities to shape future learning spaces. Planners from four universities will explore how active learning environments are evolving on their campuses, leading to more engaging learning experiences and improving student outcomes. Come join us for a lively discussion about how space optimization, thoughtful furniture selection, and strategic technology implementation all contribute to the design of “the perfect active learning classroom”.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss how you can transform a wide range of campus environments—from new buildings to recaptured spaces—into active learning classrooms of the future.
  2. Identify elements such as furniture, technology, and other tools that can evaluate the efficacy of space, elevate the student learning experience, and improve outcomes.
  3. Explain how the pandemic has influenced teaching methods and changed the future of active learning environments.
  4. Define hybrid/hyflex space and describe how you can apply it on your campus.

Please Note: This session will include an interactive, hands-on breakout rooms as part of the program.

Continuing Education Units

AIA LU 2.0 Unit (SCUPMA21M2)
AICP CM 2.0 Unit

Closed captioning via Otter Ai will be provided for this symposium. Please note that breakouts rooms will be utilized and Otter Ai does not work in them. If you need additional assistance, please let us know on the registration form.


2018-2019 SCUP Fellow and Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Donlan Alice
Director of Research for the Teaching and Transformation CenterUniversity of Maryland
AIA, PrincipalAyers Saint Gross
Kate Drabinski Headshot
Professor American Studies, Senior LecturerUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
Hilary Gossett
Assistant Director, Academic FacilitiesUniversity of Maryland
Richard Minturn Headshot
Senior Academic Facilities Planner in the Office of the ProvostUniversity of Virginia
John Notis headshot
Director of Space Management at the School of Engineering and Applied ScienceUniversity of Virginia
Wynne Stuart Headshot
Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Management in the Office of the ProvostUniversity of Virginia
Nancy Sturm Headshot 2021
Principal ConsultantNV5
Instructional Technology ManagerUMBC Division of Information Technology