The body of research supporting active, student-centered learning is growing rapidly now. Active learning includes instructional methods and tangible elements, such as furnishings As a direct result of recent evidence-based studies, the practice of building learning environments to encourage and promote student engagement is gaining widespread momentum. These spaces enable students to work together, have discussions, move around as necessary, and engage on a deeper level.
In an effort to create holistic learning environments, The University of Southern Mississippi has begun transforming classrooms (as well as informal spaces) to help students interact with each other and with the course content in the classroom and beyond. The Think Center itself exemplifies an active learning environment that is based on quantitative and qualitative research. Additionally, the Think Center contributes resources to academic units across the university as they design and develop their own flexible, collaborative spaces.
This week we completed installation of redesigned areas in the Liberal Arts Building, the Nursing Building, College Hall, and the International Center. There are several other projects underway and being considered for the near future. These partnerships demonstrate the commitment of Southern Miss to current best practices, effective learning environments, and to student success. Take a look at the progress we are making. It’s a great day to be a Golden Eagle.