ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - No desks. No chalkboards. No front of the room.
University of New Mexico students are taking classes in a new building that features classrooms with a focus on group learning.
Desks are replaced with round tables, and technology is used for everything from real-time feedback for pop quizzes to instant presentations of in-class work.
The innovative designs of the classrooms are based on studies that show students like to learn by doing and by collaborating.
"The research suggests not only do students absorb and retain that information, but there is a higher rate of attendance in classes," said Aeron Haynie, director of the UNM Center for Teaching Excellence.
The classrooms are in the $9 million Collaborative Teaching and Learning building, which just opened in September.
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