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Active Learning Classroom

The Boston College Center for Teaching Excellence supports instructors throughout their careers to create engaging and inclusive learning environments for their students. We invite instructors to explore new pedagogical and technological approaches in their pursuit of teaching excellence.

O’Neill 246, the CTE’s Active Learning Classroom (ALC), seeks to provide faculty and students with an innovative space to explore engaging and inclusive approaches to learning. Equipped with flexible seating, collaborative technologies, and extensive whiteboard space, the ALC invites faculty to experiment with learning-centered pedagogies and invites students to be active participants in their own learning. Faculty who teach in the ALC also play a key role in contributing to the CTE’s research into the effective use of classroom space and active learning pedagogies.

Space is limited. However, if you are interested in teaching in the Active Learning classroom, contact


  • Mersive Solstice wireless projection: Wirelessly project video and audio from most Windows, iOS, or Android devices using the Solstice app
  • HDMI projection: Plug in any HDMI-compatible device for video and audio projection
  • Panopto Lecture Capture: Request to have classes recorded through Lecture Capture, which can be viewed through Canvas.

Classroom Features

  • Wheeled tables and chairs for easy assembly in a variety of layouts
  • 4 power outlets and 4 USB chargers at each of the 5 pods
  • 1 glass board at each of the 5 pods
  • 2 power outlets and 2 USB at the front of room
  • 1 sliding whiteboard & 1 large glass board at front of room
  • 1 large glass board at the back of the room

Total capacity: 16 seats

The Active Learning Classroom may be configured in several different arrangements. The standard layout of the classroom is the standard boardroom layout, which provides opportunity for group discussion and interactive learning. The faculty member may stand at the board, lecture at the podium, or sit with students at the table. Students may also break out into pods to work in groups between larger class discussions at the boardroom table.


Total capacity: 30 seats (6 seats per pod)

The pod setup allows for students to engage in group work and larger class discussions simultaneously. Each of the five pods is equipped with an individual monitor for HDMI or wireless projection and a glass board for group writing. Faculty may instruct from the podium, lecture at the board, or join discussions with each pod with a seat at the end.


Total capacity: 24

The exam configuration discourages student interaction. Students sit diagonally from one another, with the faculty member at a separate station at either the front or back of the room. For limited distraction, monitors and projection can be turned off on all screens.