University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Building to Change Learning
The new Academic Classroom Building supports the University’s initiative to embrace active learning across their curriculum. It provides flexible, media-rich classrooms for small-group interaction within large classes, as well as informal collaboration spaces throughout the building where peer to peer learning can continue outside of the classroom.
- Opening to the campus: The building’s organization reveals and amplifies its purpose. Inverting the typical academic building typology, classrooms are located in the center of the building and informal gathering spaces line its perimeter, making student activity visible from outside the building and welcoming participation.
- Supporting Student Success: Academic support, tutoring, advising, and career services are located near the entrance, around the central atrium, and along students’ path of travel, encouraging them to build relationships with the faculty and staff who will support their success.
- Instructing the Instructors: Central to the building’s layout, and important to its success, is a new Teaching Academy. In this space, faculty will learn from their peers about how to effectively teach in an active learning mode. The Academy will also provide dedicated space for Teaching Fellows to research and test new approaches to effectively delivering the curriculum.