Mather and Thwing Active Learning Classrooms
Case Western Reserve University
The University embarked on a mission to introduce the next evolution of teaching environments to its campus in 2012, and engaged Bostwick Design Partnership to lead the architectural design of its first prototype Active Learning Classrooms. The lessons learned from the design, construction, and, most importantly, the use of these spaces were applied to the second phase of classroom reinvention in 2014. During Phase II, the emphasis on flexibility was slightly tempered in response to feedback from faculty expressing a desire for active learning environments with more fixed layouts than those in the prototype rooms. While the Phase II iterations still retain a far higher level of flexibility than most other classrooms on campus, the use of wall-mounted, flat panel displays establish a basic template for each room’s usage. Flexibility was also maintained through the use of a low profile raised floor system that allows adaptable distribution of power and data connections throughout the room with the added benefit of requiring no destructive intervention of infrastructure in existing walls.
Active Learning Classrooms
2070 Adelbert Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106