Televisions On, Microphones On, Cameras On. Let’s Learn.
Watch out. The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is amping up its classrooms. In March, 2013, UMD Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) and the College of Pharmacy Duluth came together to design and create the first active learning classroom on campus.
Randy Seifert, associate dean of the College of Pharmacy Duluth explains the history behind the making of the new classroom in room 410 of the Martin Library.
“We started developing a new curriculum a couple years ago with a strong desire to include a higher level of active learning,” said Seifert. “It was important for us to collaborate with ITSS and the Twin Cities campus to build two updated pharmacy classrooms at the same time, one for UMD and one in the Twin Cities.”
ABOUT ACTIVE LEARNING
MAKING IT HAPPEN
“This was an excellent way for us to work together and to save the university a lot of money,” said Paul Ranelli, professor of social pharmacy at UMD.
In the end, an existing UMD library room was remodeled and outfitted in brand new equipment by ITSS staff. The cost was $450,000, a savings to the university of almost $500,000 of the original bid. The Twin Cities campus’s room came in under budget as well.
A NEW EXPERIENCE
“I see excitement on the faces of my students in the the new classroom, “ said Ranelli. “To see them intrigued by the new functions is what I enjoy most.”
Story by Erin Lehman, October, 2013.