Note: This article was originally published in a March 2013 newsletter and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.
In support of three goals from the SJSU Strategic Plan: Vision 2017—Agility through Technology, Unbounded Learning, and 21st Century Learning Spaces; the Next Gen Technology Project has delivered five Next Generation Learning Spaces for use for Spring 2013 instruction.
Through a collaborative effort with IT Services, Academic Technology, FD&O, and vendor resources, the project team designed and installed upgrades to existing classrooms to support the instruction that integrates technology components to provide instructors with high definition audio/visual, recording, and communication resources to allow delivery of instructional content. This content can be viewed real-time in the learning space and remotely via WebEx or telepresence video sessions and also recorded for later review via the new SJSU VideoShare System, a campus private YouTube-type system for sharing video content built on Cisco video technology.
The five Next Generation Learning Spaces that were enhanced for Spring 2013 were:
- Morris Dailey Auditorium: 850 Seat Auditorium
- Clark 238: 44 Seat Classroom
- Sweeney Hall 435: 50 Seat Classroom
- Dwight Bentel Hall 225: 50 Seat Classroom
- MacQuarrie Hall 526: 20 Seat Classroom
Plans for enhancement of additional lecture capture learning spaces to be completed during Summer 2013 include:
- Science 142: 250 Seat Auditorium
- Washington Square 109: 200 Seat Auditorium
- Engineering 189: 150 Seat Auditorium
- Moss Landing Marine Lab 109: 30 Seat Classroom
The Next Gen Technology Project is also looking to provide enhancements and deliver 5 additional learning spaces in Summer 2013 that match technology to collaborative learning methods. This teaching style has most of the delivery of instructional content delivered outside of class and focuses class sessions on group interaction with instructor facilitation. A blend of specialized furniture and audio/visual equipment networked in the space can provide for effective collaboration of individual group activities with presentation to the entire class. Selection of the classrooms targeted for these enhancements is underway.
The Clark 118 Training Room is equipped with Next Generation technology and is being used for learning about the enhanced technologies in the Next Generation Learning Spaces. Academic Technology is preparing training materials and workshops to provide instruction on usage of these technologies. We invite you to visit Next Generation Learning Spaces to learn more.