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Integrated Lab Classrooms

Encouraging Active Learning

There are 14 multi-disciplinary classrooms with integrated laboratories that allow professors and students to move seamlessly between theory and application.

In an active learning environment, the focus changes from the teacher to the student, from teaching to learning. Students are engaged in the process of assimilating information and constructing knowledge.

Each integrated lab/classroom space is designed so that the focus of learning is at the center of the classroom where students actively construct knowledge through “guided inquiry.” Within this structure, students learn by examining data or information, and answering questions designed to lead them through the process of developing scientific models and a deeper understanding of course material. Students develop the skills for acquiring, applying, and generating knowledge, essentially following the scientific method. In addition, they learn to synthesis and apply this knowledge in new and different ways to solve real-world problems.