Keynote: Spaces Matter: How Next-Generation Classroom Environments can Enhance Teaching and Learning. (CTE784)Export this event to calendar

Monday, March 12, 2018 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Keynote: Space matters: How Next-Generation Classroom Environments can Impact Teaching and Learning. (CTE784)

Adam FinkelsteinPart of Educational Technologies Week

Date: Monday, March 12, 10:00-11:30 am

Location: DC 1302

Facilitator: Adam Finkelstein, Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University

Workshop description

Students that engage in deep learning show greater educational gains and success at university. In order to create these opportunities for meaningful, deep learning students need to be actively engaged in the classroom. While active learning can be implemented in any classroom, where we learn has a significant impact on how we learn. As educators, we need to be aware of the impact that learning spaces can have on learning and how we can best take advantage of them. We will examine evidence of how students learn, the impact that space can have on learning, and why space matters for not only active learning, but for all learning.


classroom Adam Finkelstein is currently an Educational Developer at Teaching and Learning Services at McGill University where he develops educational university-wide initiatives to improve teaching and learning. He has managed a team of instructional designers and multimedia programmers, developed many different types of award winning technology-enhanced teaching and learning projects, and managed multiple implementations of McGill’s learning management systems. His area of research interest include teaching and learning in physical (classrooms and teaching labs) and virtual (online) environments. Adam is currently the Chair of two working groups responsible for the selection, design and renovation of classrooms and teaching labs at McGill. He is the learning design lead for all renovations and been focused on designing innovative spaces, including numerous Active Learning Classrooms. He is also Team Lead for the design and delivery of McGill's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and has worked with thousands of faculty on integrating technology into teaching and learning, course design and using active learning strategies. He has given numerous keynotes, presentations and workshops both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from learning design to learning technologies to learning spaces.



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DC - Davis Centre
Room 1302
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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1