The ACTIVE Center is a dynamic “laptop laboratory” environment that will support curricular innovations in multiple computing courses and will serve as an incubator to explore possibilities for broad redesign of the computing curriculum. The ACTIVE approach is based on research on the power of collaborative learning to promote student success and retention, particularly for women, underrepresented minorities, and transfer students, who benefit greatly from building stronger connections with their peers through shared active learning experiences. The ACTIVE
Center was developed with support from UMBC’s Hrabowski Fund for Innovation, BAE Systems, and Northrup Grumman.