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There’s a place on campus where you can actually hear learning happening.

That place is in Phillips Hall 206 and 208, where students in introductory physics classes sit at round tables instead of in rows of desks. They listen to an instructor who circulates around the room instead of standing behind a lectern, and they work with each other to solve the latest problem.

“It’s the classroom of the future,” said Duane Deardorff, instructor and project manager for the Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP). “It’s a very different teaching and learning environment. An auditorium is a listening space, and education research studies have shown that the traditional lecture format is not effective. With SCALE-UP, students perform better, and we get better educational outcomes.”

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