Active Learning Spaces

Acting President Sands discusses the changing classroom

Purdue Libraries are leaders in creating active learning spaces to support student-centered learning. Read about or reserve IMPACT classrooms in the Libraries. Priority access is given to IMPACT’s Faculty Learning Community instructor’s for course delivery.

Scholarship about active learning spaces

Oblinger, D. (2005). Leading the Transition from Classrooms to Learning Spaces. Educause Quarterly, 1, 14-18.

Bennett, S. (2007). First Questions for Designing Higher Education Learning Spaces. Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 33, No. (1), 14-26.

  • What is it about learning that will happen in this space?
  • How might this space be designed to encourage students to spend more time studying?
  • How might this space enrich educational experiences?

Weiner, S. Doan, T., Kirkwood, H. (2012), The Learning Commons as a Locus for Information Literacy. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 17, 192-212.

Journal of Learning Spaces (open access)

Purdue's IMPACT classrooms

Hicks Learning Studio (HIKS B848) Capacity: 117

Collaborative Learning Center
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Located on the lower level of the Hicks Undergraduate Library, the Learning Studio is a large collaborative classroom intended for IMPACT classes and other innovative, interactive learning sessions. The room contains an instructor station, projector, 2 Smart Boards, and 13 interactive white board desks. An instructor microphone and whiteboard markers can be checked out from the Hicks iDesk. This room is available for general reservations only after 6:00pm. Reserve this room

Hicks Classroom (HIKS B853) Capacity: 90

Hicks Classroom
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B853 is located in the basement of Hicks Undergraduate Library along with B848. This room boasts 3 projectors, one instructor station with document camera, and several whiteboards. The seating is optimized for collaborative team work. An instructor microphone and whiteboard markers can be checked out from the Hicks iDesk. This room is available for general reservations only after 6:00pm. Reserve this room

Hicks Classroom (HIKS G980D) Capacity: 72

Hicks Classroom
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Located on the ground floor of the Hicks Undergraduate Library, G980D is one of the newest additions to the library’s IMPACT classrooms. The room contains an instructor station with document camera, 4 sets of large, flat screen monitors, several whiteboards, and an ITaP print station. An instructor microphone and whiteboard markers can be checked out from the Hicks iDesk. This room is available for general reservations only after 6:00pm. This room remains open as part of Hicks' 24 hour study space. Reserve this room

Learn Lab (Kran 250) Capacity: 40

Learn Lab

The Parrish Library houses the Learn Lab, a medium computer lab designed for innovative multimedia instruction. The Lab contains 40 computer terminals, one instructor station, 3 smart boards, and several collaborative whiteboard huddle board stations. When not reserved, the space becomes an open lab for students. This room is also set up for BoilerCast audio capture. Reserve this room