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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Can a Classroom Design Change the Dimensions of Learning?

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As a center that provides faculty professional development on a myriad of teaching topics and technologies, we were interested in learning how new active learning classroom designs were being used by the faculty whose courses had been assigned to them. Towards that end, faculty members were contacted and asked how the design of their classroom might be impacting their teaching and their students' learning. Additional questions asked included: Has the classroom design changed the dimensions of learning in your classes? Do you have questions about how to better use the opportunities the classroom design offers?

Answers to these questions were captured in order to create a short guide with an accompanying video on the use of active learning classrooms for faculty who are scheduled to teach in them.

The answers to these questions highlighted the challenges faculty were experiencing, the inadequacies of our room scheduling, the training needed on everything from the lighting controls to the technologies, the technical support needed for the technologies, and, the highlight—the amazing differences in the teaching and learning transactions in these classrooms! The video that will be unveiled captured some of these differences during class, and in short interviews with the faculty and students.

Now what? Let’s discuss which of these classroom designs should be replicated and why. How can they be funded? What preparations do faculty need in order change the dimensions of teaching and learning in these spaces? How do we translate these changes to the online environment?


Carol McQuiggan

Director & Sr. Instructional Designer
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Martha J Strickland

Associate Professor of Education, Penn State Harrisburg
I have extensive international experience. My research focuses on enhancing communication between teachers and immigrant families. I have leveraged child photography and iPod iMovies to accomplish this.

Jane Wilburne

Associate Professor Mathematics Education

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 108

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