Embry-Riddle Awarded $65,000 Grant for Active Learning Center

30 March 2017   Jason Kadah
Two-Year Grant Will Deepen and Increase Student Learning

PRESCOTT, Ariz.— Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus has been selected to receive a grant to design, furnish, and implement an active learning classroom through the Active Learning Center (ALC) program, a grant initiative in its third year founded by Steelcase Education. The grant program supports both teachers and students by creating a student-centered learning environment that encourages engagement, collaboration, and creativity.

"Embry-Riddle Prescott was chosen because of a demonstrated commitment to active learning," said Craig Wilson, Director of Market Development for Steelcase Education. "Research shows that space impacts behavior, and these classrooms will help a new group of professors and students explore the learning possibilities an interactive space can bring."

Embry-Riddle Prescott was one of eight colleges and universities out of 961 applications selected for this grant based on its proposed active learning strategies and research questions.

"Receiving this award is a true honor and fills me with much gratitude and happiness given that we now have such a state-of-the-art learning space on our campus," said Dr. Dina Battaglia, Director of Embry-Riddle Prescott's Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE). "The benefits for our faculty as well as current and future students will be endless."

Valued at $65,000, the specific design of the active learning classroom chosen by Embry-Riddle Prescott will positively impact teaching and learning through the use of varied student-centered pedagogies and hands-on activities. The grant includes modern movable furniture, classroom design, onsite training, installation, and a pre- and post-occupancy measurement tool designed by Steelcase.

Beginning in summer 2017 and ready by the following fall, the Steelcase Active Learning Center will be installed in Embry-Riddle's College of Security & Intelligence, the only college of its kind in the country.

"Steelcase's Active Learning Center will clearly support Embry-Riddle's academic initiatives to increase inquiry-based and student-centered learning," Battaglia said.

Embry-Riddle Prescott's Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence commits to supporting effective teaching with an emphasis on improving student learning. Through one-on-one faculty consultations, workshops, and a library of key resources, the department provides guidance for implementing effective instructional design practices, student-centered teaching strategies, and formative and summative assessment techniques of student learning. Since arriving in July 2015, Battaglia has conducted more than 200 individual faculty consultations discussing ways to redesign courses that align with active learning strategies.

"Taking learning to new heights is the motto of CTLE," said Battaglia. "As a recipient of this grant, I truly believe we can now exceed our teaching and learning goals for both faculty and students campus-wide."

To learn about this year’s other grant recipients, visit: https://www.steelcase.com/discover/information/education/active-learning-center-grant/#overview_2015-recipients


About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv. For more information about the Prescott Campus, follow on Twitter at@ERAU_Prescott and at facebook.com/ERAUPrescott

About Steelcase Education

As lifelong learners, Steelcase Education aims to make a difference in education. For students, educators, and designers, the organization creates the most effective, rewarding, and inspiring learning spaces. As a dedicated group within Steelcase exclusively focused on education, it brings evidence-based design, technology, and innovative solutions to education environments, wherever learning happens.