EDINBURG - A New concept of learning is being implemented for the first time at the University of Texas Pan American. Most universities like UT Pan American have rational classroom settings where a professor teaches from in front of the room while the students listen in their seats lined up in a rows. While this concept has been around for making it's way into higher ed institutions across the administration. In fact, it is the first college on campus to implement what is referred to as "collaborative learning."
Dr. Ozuna says "collaborative learning" is currently being applied in only one classroom to allow students and professors to get familiar with it. In order for both to get advanced technology including a wireless smart board and two mono pads which are 55 inch LCD touch screens with teleconferencing and video camera capability and other state of the art equipment. With this new approach, students work together rather that compete with each other allowing for a deeper understanding of content increased overall achievement in grades, improved self esteem and higher motivation to remain on task.