Faculty Resources

Faculty Engagement

Faculty engagement is key to the success of Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library. Research suggests that typical college students’ attention during lectures begins to wane after 8-10 minutes. By incorporating active learning techniques once or twice during a 50-minute class, faculty will consistently encourage student engagement.

Active Learning

  • Reinforces important material, concepts, and skills
  • Provides more frequent and immediate feedback to students
  • Provides students with an opportunity to think about, talk about, and process course material
  • Creates personal connections to the material for students, which increases their desire to learn
  • Allows students to practice important skills, such as collaboration, through pair and group work
  • Creates a sense of community in the classroom through increase student-student and instructor-student interaction
  • Builds intellectual confidence through conversations with other students

Scheduling a Classroom for a Course

Beginning in Spring 2018, Auburn University faculty will receive a survey from the Learning Spaces and Faculty Development Coordinator, Dr. Wiebke Kuhn, determining their interest in teaching in the Mell Building or another EASL classroom on campus. Faculty will indicate:

  • Preference of space with choices in Mell Classroom @ RBD Library (indicating a preference for Full EASL or an EASL Lite)
  • Haley Center Room 2213
  • Science Center Classroom Building Room 118
  • Miller Hall EASL Lite classrooms

Faculty scheduled in the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library will recognize the classroom name as either MELL or LIBRY.

Teaching in Mell @ RBD

Classes that do not require specialized equipment are taught in the Mell Classroom Building. During Fall 2017, classes in the Colleges of Agriculture, Education, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Science and Mathematics, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and University Programs were offered in EASL spaces.

Any faculty member is eligible to teach in the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library. However, faculty who have had previous professional development in reshaping their courses to increase active learning opportunities for students will receive preferential scheduling for classrooms. The Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning provides faculty with the professional development necessary to excel in active learning spaces.

EASL Classroom Types

  • Full EASL: allows for collaborative learning with technology at each table

  • EASL Lite: allows for collaborative learning with flexible furniture

  • Lecture Halls: allows for easy large group formation through furniture design

The Biggio Center

The Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning guides faculty in all facets of engaged, active student learning. This professional development opportunities range from the theoretical to the practical and includes course design, improving student motivation, and the selection and use of appropriate innovative instructional technologies for optimal learning.

Policy for Non-Course Events

Auburn University’s “Policy on Use of Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library for Non-Course Events” describes the process for requesting, approving, and implementing events in the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library that are not in direct connection with a particular course taught at the University.

To reserve a EASL Classroom for Non-Course Events please fill out the reservation form at least 72 hours before your scheduled event.
Policy for Digital and Other Signage

Auburn University’s “Policy on Use of Digital Signage in the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library” describes the process for requesting, approving, and displaying items on digital signage in the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library.

Last Updated: December 5, 2018