REAL Collaborative Learning Spaces at JSU

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Jacksonville State University unveils 10 collaborative learning spaces designed by students and teachers in Self Hall that allow students and teachers to easily move from one teaching style to another. Vice President of Educational Technology and Support Joe Walsh says the newly redesigned classrooms were created through a project based model called REAL collaborative Learning Spaces. That means they are relevant, engaging, and active learning. Faculty Commons Director Gena Christopher says the vision for the classroom design project started with the plan to initially create 4 to 5 classrooms and it came from JSU Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Turner.  She shared her vision with Christopher in the Spring of 2014, during a planning session for the JSU Faculty Commons. JSU’s Institute for Research and Collaboration applied for and received a First in the World grant which allowed the Faculty Commons to increase the scope of the project to the 10 learning spaces during the first year.


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