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.