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Active Learning Classroom

Room 300 in the Albert & Mamie George Building (AMG 300) is designed as an Active Learning Classroom (ALC) for the University of Houston at Sugar Land.

AMG 300 has a capacity of 30 students and emphasizes a learner-centered, technology-supported, collaborative learning environment. The room supports courses that utilize academic strategies for student engagement, constructivist learning and discovery.

If you are interested in learning more about using active learning or the benefits of an Active Learning Classroom, you can find more information from the UH Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support Office.

ALC Design

AMG 300 was designed to have a simple, streamlined setting with a powerful interactive collaborative environment. The room consists of:

Tables and chairs can be moved around to form different size groups, create a conference table or any other number of settings. The tables have a whiteboard surface for writing notes and drawing images with erasable markers. There are also whiteboards on each of the room’s walls, along with two 3’×6’ portable whiteboards. The portable boards can be moved around the room and both sides used for drawing or other written annotations.
The Clear Touch Ultra HD interactive display actively engages students in the learning process. Presenters can use an “infinite” whiteboard for writing notes and drawing diagrams, but have the added ability to open web sites, pictures, videos and other files directly on the whiteboard to enhance the written information. Presenters can also annotate on the pictures, videos or documents and export the finished work to a PDF file for uploading to Blackboard or other cloud storage.

Presenters can connect wirelessly to the Clear Touch display from their mobile device and display content on that device from anywhere in the room. In addition, student work or team projects can also be shared on the Clear Touch display from their laptop or other mobile device, allowing the instructor and other students to collaborate on the work.
There are two HD collaboration monitors on both sides of the Clear Touch panel, which display the Clear Touch panel’s content to all the students. The monitors are also used for group collaboration and students can connect wirelessly to the monitors from their laptop or other mobile device. Along with the Clear Touch display, the monitors provide opportunities for multiple group collaborative sessions and participation among instructors, presenters and students.
A wall-mounted touch panel allows presenters to control the room technology. Presenters can turn the Clear Touch display and Collaboration monitors on or off, adjust the audio system volume and determine what content is shown on each display or monitor.
There are four portable power pods for charging laptops or other mobile devices. Each pod can be moved around the room and has 12 AC power plugs, 3 USB-A charging ports and 3 USB-C charging ports.
A Jabra PanaCast 180° 4K camera, along with a ceiling microphone, allows presenters to conduct video conferences. Guest speakers and students can interact with each other as well as share content in real time.

Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom

Faculty that have never taught in AMG 300 will have to complete an intial process. Afterward they can fill out the request form for subsequent classes.

Since the AMG 300 Active Learning Classroom was designed specifically for courses that emphasize student engagement and group collaboration, there are a few steps you need to take to determine whether it is a good environment for your course.

Step 1 – Take a Tour of AMG 300

If you have not had a tour of AMG 300 and a demonstration of the room’s technology, you will need to schedule one before your request to use the room can be reviewed.

Step 2 – Complete the ALC Assessment Form

This form will assess whether your course will be able to utilize the active learning environment in AMG 300. It will ask you to identify the specific course you would teach in it, the semester you wish to use it, the course enrollment capacity and your reasons for wanting to teach in an Active Learning Classroom. This information is just an assessment and does not commit you to using AMG 300, nor does it mean your course will be scheduled in the room.

Step 3 – Attend Training Session

If the assessment in Step 2 is approved, you will be required to attend a one hour training session on the room’s technology. This training can be scheduled at your convenience but must occur no later than two weeks prior to the opening of the semester, or your course will be scheduled in another classroom.

If you have previously taught in AMG 300 and have another course that would utilize the ALC environment again, you only need to complete the ALC Request Form.

ALC Request Form

This form will ask you to identify the specific course you would teach in it, the semester you wish to use it, the course enrollment capacity and your reasons for wanting to teach in an Active Learning Classroom.