Applications for Spring 2016 due July 31st!

Innovative Spaces Applications for spring 2016 classes close on July 31st.  If you haven’t already, complete your application here.

For more information, check out the FAQs and our spaces page, where you can find detailed information about each classroom and 360 virtual tours.

We look forward to your submissions!

University of Minnesota Active Learning Conference

The 3rd Biennial National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms will be held August 5-7, 2015 at the University of Minnesota campus.  Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Center for Educational Innovation, the conference will focus on promoting the application and research of active learning classroom spaces.

The forum will provide a platform for participants to share practices and research demonstrating the advantages of engaging learning environments with enhanced technology.  A wide span of participants are expected from institutions all over the nation, and internationally, to examine common issues, share successes, and network with colleagues.

Featured speakers include keynote speaker Kim Eby, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence at George Mason University, and closing speaker Thomas Fisher, former dean of the College of Design and current Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.

If you are interested in attending or curious for more details, please visit the National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms website.


FLEXspace, or the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange, is an open access online archive of learning space models from around the world.  The site includes photos and information describing attributes of differing spaces from institutions of various education levels.  As the archive continues to grow through volunteer participation, the collection will evolve to a planning resource and support for future projects aiming to create their own active engagement, student-centered learning environments.

The mangers of FLEXspace, known as the Core Team, welcome new participants and questions.  Every member specializes in a particular field of interest.  If you have questions and would like to know more, check out the individuals who work to make FLEXspace a success or visit their blog.


Spring 2016 Applications Are Open!

Innovative Spaces applications for the Spring 2016 semester are open through July 31, 2015.

Looking for a space to complement your interactive content?  Our Innovative Spaces are designed to help promote active-learning strategies that engage students in activities like group exercises or problem-based learning while utilizing responsive mobile technology.  To receive priority scheduling in one of these innovative classrooms, instructors must attend two 90-minute learning workshops (schedule TBA) and participate in assessment of the space.

For detailed information about the rooms available, including seating count, amenities, and a virtual tour, check out our spaces page.

When you’re ready to apply, the application can be found here.  Feel free to visit our FAQ page to learn more or submit a question.