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The MSU Libraries have just opened a REAL classroom. No, that doesn’t mean our other classrooms are imaginary. :)
REAL stands for Rooms for Active and Engaged Learning. REAL spaces use innovative classroom design to facilitate engaged and active learning. They’re an initiative of MSU’s University Classroom Committee, and the library’s new room is only the 6th REAL space on campus.
Why put a REAL space in the library? Teaching is an essential part of the library’s mission! MSU librarians teach more than 600 information literacy sessions every year. Hands-on information literacy training fosters student learning by supporting analytical thinking, integrated reasoning, and effective communication.
The design of the REAL space allows student interaction to happen naturally – instead of working around the barriers of straight rows of desks – and the technology hardwired into the room supports collaboration and sharing that traditional classrooms can’t provide.
“The technology in the REAL space opens up a whole world of creative possibilities for instruction,” says Sara Miller, head of the library’s Information Literacy unit. “We’re thrilled to have this new resource to enhance the student experience!”
MSU faculty, would your students benefit from information literacy training? Visit the Information Literacy team's website to request one!
Below: The MSU Main Library's new REAL space, ready for students.
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