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New Pedagogy Lab Under Way at Northern State University

The South Dakota university is building a pedagogy lab for instructors to develop their hybrid-flexible and active learning practices, and to host large lectures, working groups and collaborations with outside educators.

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(TNS) — Northern State University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was awarded a $61,600 grant from the Knight Foundation's Aberdeen Fund with the South Dakota Community Foundation.

The grant will go toward building a pedagogy lab in the Beulah Williams Library. The lab will be the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's main center and will help instructors build their hybrid-flexible and active learning practices.

The lab is expected to open in spring and will host events ranging from small working groups to large lectures. It will be equipped with technology and furniture to facilitate high-quality education in face-to-face, online and hybrid-flexible settings. The plan is for the lab to serve more than just the Northern community, including collaborations with educators off-campus, according to a news release.

"In short, the lab will help us to optimize education at Northern and in the region while also making that education more accessible than ever," Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching Ben Harley said in a the release.

"This particular project connects with the community in a few ways," Pat Gallagher, South Dakota Community Foundation Community development coordinator in Aberdeen, said in the release. "It's improving teaching and learning at Northern. There's also a chance for some things that the university learns that can be shared with our K-12 teachers in Aberdeen."

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