Active Learning Environments provide cooperative learning spaces that encourage student collaboration and peer teaching. Their technology allows students to present their work for review by peers and instructors. The furniture is designed to facilitate small-group work and the ability for instructors to interactively coach students during activities. They offer new options for students to refine their cooperative team skills, to build confidence, and to respect others’ perspectives.
Active learning environments can be found across the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Depending on the owner of the room, the spaces can be reserved one of three ways: through the Office of the Registrar, Northwestern's Room & Events System (RES) 25Live, or by contacting the room owner directly.
Each of the listings that follow include reservation information as well as a 360° capture of the room so you can view it and confirm it meets the needs of your class or event.
Find an active learning space on the Evanston Campus
All of the classrooms in Kresge Centennial Hall available to reserve through the Registrar (and listed at the bottom of this section) are Active Learning Classrooms. They come in two basic configurations.
Kresge 2-410 is representative of most of the regular-sized classrooms available in Kresge (seating up to 30). Room attributes include:
individual white boards
resident computer with projector and document camera
dual monitors with Solstice enabled for screen sharing
Kresge 2-415 is representative of the larger format classrooms in Kresge (seating up to 60). Room attributes are the same as the smaller rooms, with the exception of more screens placed around the room.
Reservable active learning rooms in Kresge include:
B25 has a max capacity of 50, and the room attributes are the same as B05.
In addition to the active learning classrooms, the Shepard Engagement Center where the classrooms are located offers lounges, a demo kitchen (on the other side of the floating dividers of B25) , as well as quiet study and meditation rooms.
Rooms must be reserved directly through The Garage.
The Garage is Northwestern's hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation. The 11,000 square foot space located in the University’s North Campus Parking Garage provides a unique educational space for students to experiment, collaborate and build new ideas.
The Garage has one active learning classroom called The Workspace which is available to reserve. It is ideal for large classes and special events of up to 100 people. The room can be set up lecture-style, in small work groups, or with rows of chairs.
In addition, the Garage offers a number of third spaces, including a cafe, a Makerspace, and a number of various sized conference rooms.
The Makerspace (1/2)
The Makerspace (2/2)
Kellogg Global Hub
Find an active learning space on the Chicago Campus
Book directly with the room owner if not available through the Registrar or RES 25Live
Some of the spaces listed below are only available to reserve through the room owner. In those cases, we have included the relevant contact info to help you get connected.
We are in the process of creating a simple, visual guide to help you decide which classroom is best for your needs and how to get in touch directly with the person to best help you reserve and optimize the space. Check back soon!