September 30, 2013
Colleges Adapt (Slowly) to Classrooms 2.0
Susan Tusa for The Chronicle
It's a sound that generations of college students and instructors know all too well: the cacophony of students dragging tablet-arm chairs from orderly rows into rough circles at a request to "form into groups."
"That certain squeaky squeal," as Persis C. Rickes calls it, is going away. So are silent but even more intractable rows of lecture-hall seating. New ways to teach require new classroom configurations and new furniture. Ms. Rickes, president of