Virtual classrooms protect concerned faculty during COVID, and beyond

An example of an active learning initiative is the Anteater Learning Pavilion at University of California Irvine. Described as “wired for 21st Century education”, the 65,000-square-foot facility features 15 smart classrooms, labs, and auditoriums. The Anteater Pavillion was established as a replacement to traditional computer labs, where students work at individual terminals, preventing them from easily forming groups to collaborate. In contrast, the pavillion features flexible classroom layouts that can be easily reconfigured to the instructor or students’ liking to foster group work.