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Challenging “If You Build It, They Will Come”

Success of Active Learning Is About More Than the Space
Cover (Challenging “If You Build It, They Will Come”)
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
By Jeffrey Ashley, Susan Frostén, and Jeffrey Klemens
Challenges: Change Management

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
Thomas Jefferson University

Five years ago, Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus (formerly Philadelphia University) planned and implemented an initiative to more mindfully design spaces that optimize active and collaborative teaching and learning. For active learning spaces to be true change agents at the institutional level, we suggest colleges and universities ground an active learning space initiative in the institution’s mission and strategic goals, designate a coordinator to involve stakeholders throughout the entire project, identify faculty members willing to participate, and build a network of support structures within which those faculty members can share their ideas and experiences.

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