On April 22, 2019 more than 25 faculty and staff met within Physical Sciences, 130 (PS-130) to explore and envision a new classroom environment. Multiple technologies were used to bring the focus group participants closer to the future potential of the room. Below is a list of the focus group’s reactions to viewing virtual reality and large format 2-dimensional versions of 3D renderings.
Participants were excited to meet in PS-130 to share their thoughts and ideas, and a follow up forum for faculty stakeholders will occur on September 11, 2019. Please let us know if you want to attend!
- Faculty preferred fixed tables over flexible/mobile furniture
- Tables were the preference specifically because faculty did not want to lose instructional time to rearrange furniture in such a large space
- Furniture consistency was preferred over mixed-use tables, chairs, seating options, etc.
- Furniture and room infrastructure should accommodate charging ports for student devices
- A one to one ratio of student (small group) to screen/digital LCD is preferred
- Poor acoustics in the large space make it difficult to hear
Based on attendee feedback, ITS is prioritizing the following:
- Acoustics – ITS is working with an acoustical engineer to provide recommendations on acoustical treatments, and options for microphones at student/group tables so questions to the instructor and larger class discussions are audible.
- Power – Provide power sources throughout the room for student mobile devices and classroom technologies.
- Technology – Allow students to share their devices wirelessly to local LCDs.
- Furniture – Provide fixed table and movable chair options for stakeholders to consider at PS-130 faculty forum on September 11, 2019