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Renovations Create 'Most Advanced Instructional Facility' at Nebraska-Lincoln
the oldest buildings on the campus of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
has been turned into what one administrator is calling "UNL's most
renovation has turned the 107-year-old Brace Laboratory, for decades
the home of the university's physics department, into a facility
the latest innovative teaching methods for undergraduate education.
designed for collaborative instruction;
transforming teaching" classroom to be used to help instructors evaluate
teaching technologies; and
space for information technology employees.
have been designed to seat 36 students in furniture arrangements
allowing groups of six to work together, along with multiple white
around the rooms.
Life science labs in the renovated Brace Laboratory are designed to allow maximum student collaboration.
said the classroom design reflects the fact that collaborative
learning concepts are replacing the traditional lecture hall approach to
it to support modern research-based pedagogies," said UNL Associate
Vice Chancellor Lance C. Perez, in a prepared statement. "Learning spaces have been built
and intentionally to support active learning."
space, which opened with the beginning of the university's fall
semester August 25, will primarily be used for biology and life sciences,
mathematics and business administration classes. The collaborative
will mostly be used for 100-level math courses.
invested in professional development and updating how they teach many of
their 100-level courses," Perez said. "The focus will be on small groups
the life science laboratories will be "wet" labs while the fourth "dry"
will be designed specifically for virtual instruction.
auditorium will mainly be used by the College of Business
which still has a number of large lecture courses.
that "what is significant about this space is that the entire building
dedicated to supporting undergraduate teaching and learning. This
made Brace, in many ways, UNL's most advanced instructional facility."
of the building, constructed in 1906, include the addition of
restrooms (there were only two when the three-story building was
replacement of radiators and window-unit air conditioners with modern
and cooling systems; asbestos abatement; and the repair and replacement
floors, ceilings and walls.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.