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HCC testing untraditional classroom setting

Students take note: The classroom of the future might make it difficult to pass notes or sit where teachers might not call on you to answer questions. Yet you might consider the departure from the traditional setting a change for the better.

That's what officials at Howard Community College say. They have worked with Michigan-based office furniture manufacturing company Herman Miller to create a pilot classroom that is changing the way students and teachers approach instruction.

Called the Learning Studio, the classroom all but does away with the front-to-back setting and instead equips it with technology usually reserved for computer labs and auditoriums.

Among the...