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How the University of Kentucky used tech to revolutionize classroom learning for college students

University of Kentucky CTO Doyle Friskney has helped build 18 active learning classrooms across campus that allow for student collaboration and technology use.

Five years ago, University of Kentucky CTO Doyle Friskney realized that the campus's classrooms mirrored those of other colleges: Lecture-based halls where students would sit and listen to a professor, with little interaction among one another.

Something had to change, Friskney said. "Millennials don't necessarily like lecture classrooms as well as faculty members do—they like to work in groups, and they understand the concept of a virtual team, so the university began putting together active learning classrooms," he added.

Today, the university has 18 of such classrooms, which allow students to collaborate with one another. In these classes, instruction tends to be project-based and problem-based, rather than lecture-based, Friskney said, and asks students to directly build upon knowledge they have gained in the past.

"You often will find there isn't really a place for faculty to comfortable lecture from—faculty are encouraged to work with students wherever students are in the classroom," Friskney said.

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Image: University of Kentucky

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About Alison DeNisco

Alison DeNisco is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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