SCALE UP—Student-Centred Active Learning Environment with Upsidedown Pedagogies—is an active mode of learning which offers an alternative to traditional lectures. In a SCALE UP class, rather than predominately listening to their lecturers, students learn through solving problems, sharing ideas, giving and receiving feedback, and teaching each other.

SCALE-UP was originally developed by Robert Beichner, Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University (NCSU) who was able to document improvements in both student engagement and achievement. In particular, Beichner et al (2007) reported the following benefits:

Conceptual understanding increased
Ability to solve problems improved
Attitudes and attendance improved
Failure rates were significantly reduced
“At-risk” students did better in later modules

In SCALE-UP, lectures are replaced by problem-solving and enquiry based activities carried out in strategically-assigned groups. To foster collaborative learning, the re-designed classroom environment incorporates bespoke circular tables, shared laptops, and mirroring technology for students to share their work with the class. The shift away from lectures frees up class time for students
to focus on difficult aspects of the material, to work at their own pace, and to receive on-the-spot feedback on their work from peers and the tutor.

Information form McNeil, J. Borg, M. Kennedy, E. Cui, V. Puntha, H, Rashid, Z. 2017. SCALE-UP Handbook. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.

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