Innovative learning: SCALE-UP classroom
The SCALE-UP classroom (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) has transformed the ways in which faculty connect with and educate students at the University of North Dakota.
The classroom, located in O'Kelly Hall, opened in fall 2012 with more than 1,200 students enrolled in classes using the space. Labeled as "cutting-edge", the classroom accommodates active and collaborative learning for 180 students at 20 tables of nine, and is outfitted with computers, microphones, and multiple video screens. UND's SCALE-UP classroom, first utilized by biology faculty members who were the pathfinders for this new system, is the largest in the nation and the first in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana or Wyoming.
Interactive, Team-Based Learning Experience
Based on extensive evidence about how faculty teach and students learn most effectively, SCALE-UP classrooms facilitate interactive, team-based activities that revolve around inquiry and creative problem solving. They transform what normally would be large, lecture-based courses into small, discussion-based experiences with students at the center of instruction and learning.
"The beauty of the SCALE-UP room is that the space itself allows much more active and collaborative learning than what is possible in a traditional lecture hall. We are seeing measurable gains in student learning in our large introductory and core classes along with decreasing failure and withdrawal rates now that we are using the SCALE-UP room. The other big revelation from the SCALE-UP room is the quality of the work that students are capable of if they work together and are given a challenge."
– Brett Goodwin, Associate Professor & Chair, UND Biology Department
The SCALE-UP approach is just one of many techniques in the wave of technology-enhanced
re-configurable learning spaces that cater to student-centered instruction and team-based learning. Today, more than 150 colleges across the U.S. and around the world have adopted the SCALE-UP model.
See what UND students and faculty think about teaching and learning in the SCALE-UP classroom.
Learn more at: UND.edu/scale-up