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Consider tapping into some of the following resources to help you prepare for a positive and effective experience in the University’s flexible classrooms.  

Connect with a colleague

Flexible Classrooms Ambassadors

The following faculty members are available to talk to you about their experiences teaching in classrooms designed to support multiple teaching methods. Simply contact them via email to arrange a time to chat.

Instructor Experience teaching in classrooms with:
Susan Bickford, Political Science
bickford@email.unc.edu
Tablet chairs on casters
Square tables
Carribeth Bliem, Chemistry
cbliem@unc.edu
Tablet chairs on casters (active learning hall)
Lois Boynton, School of Media and Journalism
lboynton@email.unc.edu
 Tablet chairs on casters (active learning hall)
Glynis Cowell, Romance Studies
gscowell@unc.edu
Tablet chairs on casters
Tables on casters
Duane Deardorff, Physics and Astronomy
duane.deardorff@unc.edu
Round tables (studio)
Linda Green, Mathematics
greenl@email.unc.edu 
Round tables (studio), Tablet chairs on casters (active learning hall)

 

Faculty Peer Visits Program

This program, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and the CAS Office for Instructional Innovation, provides faculty members with an opportunity to see peers using active learning methods in a live classroom setting.

Among the participating instructors who are teaching in flexible classrooms:

  • Amy Chambless, Romance Studies
  • J.D. DeFreese, Exercise and Sports Science
  • Linda Green, Mathematics
  • Meredith Petschauer, Exercise and Sports Science
  • Collin Wallace, Physics and Astronomy

Visit the Faculty Peer Visits Program website to sign up for a class visit.

Drop by a Flexible Classrooms Open House

Stop in to familiarize yourself with a flexible classroom and chat with instructors who have taught in these spaces. A full list of open houses is available on the Flexible Learning Spaces Initiative home page.

Attend a workshop

Register for new CFE workshops designed to introduce you to active learning techniques, small group work, and effective prompts.  A half-day retreat that covers all three workshops is being offered on May 10. A full list of workshops, along with registration links, are available on the Flexible Learning Spaces Initiative home page.

Read up on best practices

The Active Learning Resources page includes a number of helpful ideas for incorporating instructional techniques that take advantage of flexible classroom characteristics. We’ve also included several classroom management guides informed by the experiences of instructors who have taught in the four primary types of flexible classrooms on campus.

Schedule a consultation

Staff members Bob Henshaw and Emily Boehm with the Center for Faculty Excellence are happy to discuss your options for using flexible classrooms. Get in touch today!