Space for Learning

The spaces for learning are designed for 21st century active learning with movable tables and chairs to work alone or in teams. The idea behind the learning spaces is to disrupt traditional lecture style classes. Students can listen to online lectures at home and then spend class working together to solve problems. The spaces for learning include state-of-the-art monitors and projection ability providing a top-tier learning environment. Examples of the spaces for learning include:

  • Learning Studio: One room consisting of two adjacent 60-person active learning classrooms that can become one room.
  • Large Classroom: This single 66-person classroom features projection surfaces on multiple walls for small group work, access to flat-panel screens and wireless collaboration software, and rectangular tables that allow for easy collaboration.
  • “Egg” Classrooms: The HIC will include two (2) 35-person oval configured classrooms enclosed in glass, which will be a prominent feature of the third and fourth floors.
  • Student Classrooms: Students from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Health Professions will regularly meet for classes in flexible state-of-the-art classrooms throughout the HIC.

Francoise Knox-Kazimierczuk

“In health care, the model is an integrated team and these walls between disciplines have been dissolving. Our patients do not come to us needing care from one discipline. They come to us with complex disease processes requiring an integration of multiple disciplines. Frequently, in education we become siloed and we teach and research without knowing what else is going on around us. This isolation makes us less effective. It does not afford us the opportunity to see problems in the context of the big picture, which means our solutions are small. These small solutions do not address the problem in its entirety and thus the problem continues to persist. We have to be able to see how things are interconnected and the Health Innovation Center will allow us to do that.”

—Francoise Knox-Kazimierczuk PhD, RD CSSD, LD, ATC, CSCS
Department of Allied Health