Classrooms that facilitate team-based, case study, and other active learning methods are available on campus. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides consultation for faculty interested in developing courses that feature active learning. Support and training for these rooms is provided by the Innovate@ team.
The Integrative Learning Center (ILC) now has five new Team Based Learning (TBL) added to the university inventory of TBL rooms in Goodell.
These rooms are meant to foster active learning and are designed for more collaboration, problem-solving and inquiry-based learning. The rooms’ layout encourages student-centered approaches to teaching where student/faculty and student/student interactions are made possible by the round tables, technology, and whiteboards, which encircle the rooms.
Each student round table has 9 chairs and 3 computers and screens with the additional capability of hooking up laptops and smart technology. All TBL rooms have a central instruction station which allows the instructor to move around the classroom.
There is ample support available to help instructors adopt, adjust, alter, and transform their courses and teach in one of the TBL rooms. Many simple techniques exist that instructors can implement right away.
With multiple team-based learning classrooms on campus, UMass Amherst is committed to implementing team-based learning on a large scale. Classrooms foster active learning and are designed for team collaboration and problem solving. The layout encourages student-centered approaches to teaching, facilitating student-instructor interaction.