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Active Learning Center

Layout of the Institute for Teaching Innovations lounge.

D'Youville's Active Learning Center classroom is designed to promote engagement, creativity, and collaboration.

D'Youville's Active Learning Center is a unique, collaborative space designed to allow for a better understanding of how learning takes place and the role of smart, state-of-the-art spaces in facilitating that learning. The center, made possible through a grant from Steelcase Education, is a joint application between D'Youville and Leonardo da Vinci High School. 

For details regarding the Active Learning Center, including use, contact Leah MacVie at

Active Learning Center Focus

Created from a generous grant from Steelcase and located in D'Youville's Madonna Hall (MAD), the Active Learning Center was created as a living laboratory to guide the development of active learning spaces throughout the Buffalo Public School system.

 Customizable Learning Space

Not every learning experience is the same and spaces influence how students learn. The flexibility of the center allows for a range of learning configurations.

Train & Document

Documentation is built into the center to capture best practices and allow educators to pass on the techniques they discover in the center.

Learning & Sharing

The focus of the center is the student, and the center's tech-first, hands-on experiences are designed for the students of tomorrow.

Active Classroom Modes

The Active Learning Center allows students and instructors to alter the flow of learning within their environment by offering a combination of flexible furniture choices to create different zones. Different zones include group breakout mode, discussion mode, and presentation mode. 


A demo of group breakout sessions.


A demo of discussion sessions.


A demo of presentation sessions.

About the Steelcase Active Learning Grant

The Steelcase Active Learning Center grant will the transformation of a space at the intersection of D’Youville and Leonardo da Vinci High School PS 212 into a living laboratory to support learning strategies that promote engagement, creativity, and collaboration, while helping researchers better understand processes of active learning. Leonard da Vinci High School is located in Madonna Hall on the D’Youville campus, at Porter and Fargo avenues. D’Youville and da Vinci have collaborated on a number of partnerships, including one that allows Buffalo Public School students to earn college credits while still in high school.

Learn more about our SteelCase Grant.