Using Alumni Surveys to Assess the Impacts of Active Learning Spaces on Development of Collaboration Skills

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Published December 19, 2019
By Jeffrey Ashley, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

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Thomas Jefferson University

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There is a growing interest in examining the relationship between active learning spaces and development of soft skills. The overall goal of this research was to evaluate the gains, if any, in the collaboration skill development of students who experienced part of their undergraduate or graduate learning within active learning spaces at Thomas Jefferson University, and to attempt to pinpoint the factors contributing to that.

To meet the goal, the researcher designed a study to assess perceived impact of use of active learning spaces, targeting alumni. Although many such studies rely on reflections from current students during or shortly after their use of learning spaces, the unique contribution of this research is that it gathered impact perceptions of learning spaces from persons after they experienced collaborative work activities in their career settings beyond academia.


Jeffrey Ashley, PhD

Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
2018–2019 SCUP Fellow