This material is replicated on a number of sites as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service Project
Initial Publication Date: November 14, 2008

SCALE-UP at Penn State-Erie

Developed by Bob Beichner (North Carolina State University) and Sharon Isern (Florida Gulf Coast University)

What is SCALE-UP?

SCALE-UP is a Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs. Carefully designed studio classrooms facilitate student teamwork and instructor movement between groups. There is no separate lab class and most "lectures" are class-wide discussions. Instead students make observations and work on engaging problems. This approach is effective with both small and large enrollment classes. Description of SCALE-UP layout

Why adopt SCALE-UP?

SCALE-UP has benefits over traditional approaches. Students gain a deeper understanding through hands-on activities. In the process, students practice team-building and communication skills that employers and accrediting agencies value. SCALE-UP can turn a large classroom into an intimate instructional setting.

Reasons to adopt SCALE-UP?

How to implement SCALE-UP

Multiple elements contribute to an effective SCALE-UP classroom. Design the classroom layout to facilitate team interactions, based on enrollment and space. Offer faculty professional development opportunities that focus on team management and facilitation of active learning. Help faculty create instructional modules that address course objectives and deemphasize traditional lecture/lab approaches. How to Implement SCALE-UP (tips for designing, managing, and instructing)

Who uses SCALE-UP?

Many institutions have adopted SCALE-UP.Each site adapts the approach to fit their particular needs and environment. SCALE-UP has been successfully developed for classes ranging from 27 to 117 for a variety of disciplines from the humanities to science and engineering. Google map of SCALE-UP institutions

Does SCALE-UP work?

Research supports SCALE-UP. The effectiveness of SCALE-UP has been evaluated at multiple institutions. Internal reports and peer-reviewed publications support the positive impacts of SCALE-UP. Does SCALE-UP work? (studies with references)

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