Nebraska Methodist College Awarded $65,000 New Active Learning Classroom Grant by Steelcase Education

  • Date: April 5, 2017
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

Omaha, Nebr. - Nebraska Methodist College has been selected to receive the installation of an active learning classroom through the Active Learning Center (ALC) program, a grant initiative in its third year founded by Steelcase Education. The grant program supports both teachers and students by creating an environment that encourages engagement, collaboration and creativity.

With the installation of a classroom valued at $65,000, Nebraska Methodist College will positively impact teaching and support pedagogies for students eager to learn. Each room includes modern movable furniture, design, onsite training, installation and a pre- and post-occupancy measurement tool.  

"Nebraska Methodist College was chosen because of a demonstrated commitment to active learning," said Craig Wilson, Director of Market Development for Steelcase Education.  "Research shows that space impacts behavior, and these classrooms will help a new group of instructors and students explore the learning possibilities an interactive space can bring."

In addition to receiving a new classroom, Nebraska Methodist College will receive training from Steelcase on the uses of the furniture in their new spaces, and will also have the opportunity to share insights and best practices with other awarded schools. Over the two-year program, Steelcase Education and Nebraska Methodist College will partner together to conduct assessments and research on the impact of the newly designed space.

"We are so excited to be recognized by the Active Learning Center Grant for our efforts in promoting personalized, engaged learning with our students," said Deb Carlson, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Nebraska Methodist College. "With Steelcase Education's support, we will continue this mission and foster better collaborations between students and instructors in the classroom."

Along with Nebraska Methodist College, 14 other schools and universities out of over 900 applications were chosen for their unique approaches to active learning. For more information on the winners, visit the Steelcase Education website.

About Nebraska Methodist College

Nebraska Methodist College - the Josie Harper Campus, based in Omaha, has been teaching the meaning of care for 125 years and counting. An affiliate of Methodist Health System, NMC offers certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees both on campus and online. Nebraska Methodist College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Steelcase Education

As lifelong learners, Steelcase Education aims to make a difference in education. For students, educators and designers, the organization creates the most effective, rewarding and inspiring learning spaces. As a dedicated group within Steelcase exclusively focused on education, it brings evidence-based design, technology and innovative solutions to education environments, wherever learning happens.