Learning Spaces At Mason: Where We've Been and Where We're Going


  • Laura Lukes George Mason University
  • E. Shelley Reid George Mason University
  • Mustafa Hassan George Mason University
  • Zhicheng Zhang George Mason University
  • Amber Jensen George Mason University
  • Kim Eby George Mason University




Location: Dewberry Hall


In this poster, we identify Masonâs current active learning spaces and present (preliminary analysis of) faculty and student responses to them from the past four years; we use that information to frame key opportunities for faculty to implement active learning and teaching in new campus buildings. After a brief review of the growth of active learning classrooms (ALCs), we present data from faculty surveys about the approaches they used and perceptions of the engagement that resulted, and from student surveys about their ALC experiences. We finish with a preview of the new classrooms opening in Core Campus/Fairfax, Johnson Annex/SciTech, and Van Metre/Arlington in the next three years.

Author Biography

Laura Lukes, George Mason University

Assistant Director for Teaching Excellence

Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

*Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America*

*2017 Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award*

*2010-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow*

Laura is both a geologist and a geoscience education researcher, currently serving as the Assistant Director of Stearns Center. Her research focuses on how learning environments, teaching practices, and beliefs influence the strategies and tactics students use to manage their own learning in classroom settings (self-regulated models of learning). Laura is an award-winning educator who has experience teaching in a variety of settings (university, community college, K-12, informal, in the field, in person, online) and class sizes (6-95). She also has experience collaborating with faculty and providing training for graduate students in how to incorporate active learning methods into their classrooms.


Prior to joining the Stearns Center in June 2014, she served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Office of Polar Programs. During this time, she served as Director of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), an internationally-collaborative field science research experience on the Greenland ice sheet for students and teachers from Greenland, Denmark, and the US. Laura continues to be an active leader in the national and international geoscience education communities. She served as President of the Geoscience Education Research Division (GER) of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and the chair of the Education Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA). She received the 2017 Biggs Award for Earth Science Teaching from the Geological Society of America.






4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group B- 4:45-5:15pm)