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SCALE-UP: Student-Centred Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies

The SCALE-UP approach, developed by Professor Robert J. Beichner at North Carolina State University, centres on a highly collaborative, hands-on, technology-rich, interactive learning environment for students.

Originally developed for teaching large-enrolment Physics, the approach has proved adaptable to large and small classes across the disciplines, and has been adopted by 200 institutions worldwide.

It was developed to promote active, enquiry-based learning, and to provide an alternative to traditional lecture-oriented instruction. 

SCALE-UP has three essential components:

  • room design and equipment, including circular tables, to promote collaboration
  • 'upside-down' teaching whereby content is encountered outside class and sessions are devoted to applying ideas
  • collaborative learning via problem-solving tasks in strategically assigned groups.

View the room specifications for all 12 NTU SCALE-UP rooms.

Extensive evaluations of SCALE-UP at North Carolina found several benefits for learning, including enhanced problem-solving ability, increased conceptual understanding, and higher attendance, attainment and satisfaction. For further information, see NCSU.

For information about, and support for, SCALE-UP at NTU, click on the links below, email ntuscaleup, or contact CADQ Research and Development Team Leader Ellie Kennedy.