Student Centered Active Learning Environment
SCALE-UP is a teaching method that gets away from the traditional lecture style classroom and puts the student at the center of their own learning experience. No longer do students sit idly in at separate desks trying to stay awake while a professor writes on a board. Students are actively engaged in problem solving exercises from the moment they walk in until the moment they leave the classroom. In our classroom the students work closely with peers in small groups at round tables instead of regimented facing an instructor.
Students receive most instructional material outside of the classroom as videos, podcasts, and reading assignments. In class they focus on the material that traditionally would be given as “homework.” This flipped method allows students to practice problem solving strategies under the guidance of peer Undergraduate Learning Assistants (ULA) and a faculty member.