The following examples represent outcomes of the UITS Classroom Technology Team collaborative design process. Working to integrate classroom space, instructional mode, and technology to inspire new and innovative pedagogical opportunities, collaboration stays in constant motion through our work with faculty focus groups.
Library Technology-Enhanced Student Study Rooms and University Web Conferencing Room
Students at SPSU often meet in the L.V. Johnson Library (located in the center of campus) to study and collaborate on projects. The library has been a symbol of the University over several generations but has seen little change or improvement to infrastructure in several years. To accommodate students collaborating and enhance STEM related coursework, UITS Classroom Technologies teamed up with Library Director Nancy Colyar to develop two modernizing projects.
Technology-Enhanced student study rooms, our first implementation of Audio/Visual switching for public use takes advantage of 32" monitors mounted on the walls of several rooms. Students then will be able to connect their mobile devices through cables in each table and toggle displaying content with the touch of a button. In addition, SPSU Classroom Technologies proposed the building of conference space with strong virtual meeting ergonomics. This project was proposed to facilitate more natural web conference meetings that are taking place between KSU and SPSU as well as to offer a resource to community members needing a premiere space to attend web conferences.
N Building Source and Destination Classroom Designs
Continuing with the articulation agreements of both Georgia Military College and the Technical College System of Georgia, SPSU UITS is designing a new generation of video conferencing classrooms. The first iteration of this being currently dubbed the "source classroom" will act as an educational broadcast studio and allow instructors to teach live and interactively over vast geographical distances.
The second part of the equation comes in the form of the destination classroom space for students.
Source Classroom Layout and Rendering
Destination Classroom Video Rendering
First Floor I-1 Building A/V Design
The I-1 building 21st century learning space represents the first major implemented project for the UITS Classroom Technology Team, using its collaborative model. The Team partnered with (Interim) Architecture Dean Rich Cole, along with University Facilities staff and architectural firms, to design and construct a unique and contemporary learning space. SPSU has long been a leader in technological innovation and can now bring together the pedagogical ideas and experiences of many expert faculty members to create environments where learning can be accelerated through stronger integration of space, instructional mode, and technology.
The strength behind the design in the I-1 Building 21st century learning space came from wanting a new type of classroom. With a common goal to move away from a "sage-on-the-stage" style of teaching lecture to a "guide-on-the-side" facilitative model, this new learning space creates a fresh use of technology for the University. Essentially, students have access to lecture materials outside of regular class times and can best use time spent in class with the professor with greater effect (i.e., the flipped classroom). Students are able to communicate in small groups that each are supported with technologies to enable collaboration and higher levels of engagement. Faculty members facilitating in this learning space can demonstrate and use interactive class materials, while at the same time move around the room to assist in individual student comprehension.
In this learning space design, no center or focal point of the classroom exists, and every student has the ability to interact with other students. Students and faculty members are encouraged to bring their own devices (BYOD), audio-visual equipment, and Ethernet devices to display custom content. This learning space design allows for a variety of different pedagogical strategies, such as the flipped classroom, to accommodate today's rapidly changing technological needs in a learning environment.
Flipped Classroom Video Rendering
Flipped Classroom Photographs
The UITS Classroom Technology Team is looking to work with all faculty members interested in creating digital learning objects based on use cases within this innovative learning space. As our Content Delivery Network (CDN) launches soon, the Team will distribute example activities on this site as well as other forums. Please see our link in the navigation menu for Focus Group Sign-Up to get directly involved in this discussion.