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    Decatur, Illinois
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Creating an active learning environment

Richland Community College was ready for an update. With faculty and students working out of a vintage 1970s building it’s easy to understand why. They were ready to embrace active learning and create a space that shifted the focus from teachers to students.

The key to boosting engagement came with imbedded technology. With several monitors built into classroom walls, teachers could work with small groups on their own terms. Even with 30 students in a class, the instruction was still personalized. The tech spilled out into huddle spaces to keep engagement going outside of class.

The team at Richland was planning on conventional construction. But after they took a tour of a nearby college that was covered in DIRTT, it planted the seed of change. They ran the numbers, and the price of the DIRTT solution was comparable. Now they really had a chance to make the most of the space.

But they had to move quickly. Construction had to begin right after the last day of classes in May. And the building had to be open for learning when students came back at the beginning of January. The clock was ticking, but DIRTT was up for the challenge. Even when a delay during demolition put the project a few weeks behind, a speedy install with plug-and-play power kept the schedule on track.

When students returned, glass walls and natural light had replaced the dark cinderblock hallways. Faculty offices flowed with breakout spaces and thoughtful common areas. Teachers loved the new-and-improved building as much as the students did. Now, there’s a waiting list for instructors who want to use these rooms.

Where can we do this next?

Teena Zindel-McWilliams, Director, Institutional & Academic Planning
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    Common area
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    Common area
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    Huddle space
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    Glass walls
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    Classroom with imbedded tech
  • Photo Credit: Tracy Withrow
    Classroom with imbedded tech
  • Photo Credit: Tracy Withrow
    Breakout room

Better sound privacy

DIRTT takes a holistic approach to sound management. This means we can meet the acoustic requirements and speech privacy needs of any space.


Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s plug-and-play power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes.


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