MacLachlan College is committed to creating successful and innovative approaches to learning by promoting and developing skills that transcend the classroom environment. By combining traditional methods of instruction with active learning concepts, MacLachlan students are able to fully participate and engage in their own course work alongside the course work of their peers, thus deepening their intellectual inquiry and critical thinking abilities.
Active learning processes incorporate reading, discussion, debate, problem-solving, evaluation, and analysis. This is accomplished through a variety of methods including, case study exercises, problem-solving and collaborative learning. These methods, incorporated into the living systems approach, encourage each individual student to learn and participate in the way most effective and beneficial to them.
At MacLachlan, the living systems philosophy is ingrained in all aspects of the academic and co-curricular program through the seamless integration of technology and the new innovative classroom furnishings. The Node chairs and Verb systems, developed by Steelcase, allow for flexible spaces that promote and cultivate an environment of open interaction and communication throughout the classroom.