Good Things Happen When Faculty and IT Staff Collaborate: The Making of a Student-Centered, Technology-Enhanced Classroom Space at a University
Abstract: This round table presentation will detail the design, implementation, use, and support of a single classroom designed by both faculty and IT. The initial design process included touring multiple facilities, negotiation of faculty wants and needs with financial and IT resources, and faculty documenting every step of the way for a research project. While three faculty members drove the project, a dozen other faculty members from across all areas of the University were assigned to the innovative space for their teaching classrooms. They had to navigate an assigned classroom with technology and design that was unlike any other on campus. Both barriers and successes in the project will be presented including the evolution of the vision, creating an innovative space while maintaining university regulated "seat numbers", and ensuring that the platform aligned with higher education focuses (not test or instructor-driven). Data will be provided showing the types of activities used by faculty and students in the classroom. The importance of strong IT/faculty communication and collaboration during all phases of this project including ongoing hardware and user support including both faculty and students will be emphasized.
Presider: Sa Liu, Interactive Media, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology