To prepare students for that in-class work, instructors often ask students to master some content before coming to class. Evidence suggests that, if done well, this method of teaching can improve learning for students of all ability and preparation levels. Doing this well, however, requires planning the structured in-class exercises, determining how to guide students' work with those activities effectively, and, in some courses, transferring some content knowledge to students outside of class.
Penn has several classrooms designed specifically for structured, active learning. To learn more about such rooms at Penn, see SAIL Classrooms at Penn. To request a SAIL classroom, please ask your department coordinator to submit the SAIL Classroom Request Form.