COBA gets new learning environment

Posted September 26, 2011

Abilene Christian University has a new classroom that is proving to be popular with students and faculty alike.

Richard Lytle, dean of the school of business and professor of marketing, says the room is called a "collaborative learning space."

"It is our attempt to design a classroom for the future, to move away from lecturing to a different form of education. It is designed to be less lecture-oriented and more group and collaborative learning-oriented," Lytle says. "It is our first design as to how we want all classrooms to look in the 21st century."

The room, which was renovated over the summer, accommodates 30 students and is furnished with sofas, tables, chairs and white boards, all of which can easily be moved to allow students to work in small groups. Tables and chairs are on wheels and can be arranged to suit different activities. There are also 50-inch and 70-inch LCD panels for group use.

Lytle says the space is designed to make students feel that "we are all in this together."

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Photo by Tommy Metthe/Abilene Reporter-News