Thank you for attending Environments to Support Collaborative Student Work. The session recording is now posted. Below you’ll find information related to Collaboration in the Classroom.
Regardless of where you teach or the technology you use, learning in collaboration does not happen by accident. To optimize the learning and motivation in your collaborative activities, don’t hesitate to call on the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research’s Michael Sweet, who served as moderator for this session and who has helped faculty from across disciplines thoughtfully design effective learning experiences—from brief in-class activities to semester-long whole-course instructional strategies. I highly recommend reaching out to him if you’re wondering how to get started with collaborative activities in your classroom or you’re looking for advice on how to maximize learning in activities that you’re already doing.
Collaboration can happen in any room, but I also wanted to note that the collaboration-optimized rooms with breakout areas that were discussed in the panel were Snell Library 117 and ISEC 255 (both booked by the registrar). We were in ISEC 136 for the panel, and this is the room with the Solstice wireless collaboration pods. ISEC 138 is similarly outfitted and also booked by the registrar. Because of the shortage of classroom space, priority for these classrooms is given to classes with a listed enrollment of 40 – 49. Hurtig 224 is another example of a classroom with technology optimized for collaborative activities and has a capacity of 58.
If you are interested in booking these rooms for your classes, that process is best done early in coordination with your department. However, the registrar will be finalizing assignments in the next few weeks, so if you’re interested in teaching in one of these rooms for the Fall, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org right now to inquire about availability. If the class you teach is smaller in size, there are some opportunities for other classes to use these or similar spaces on an single-event basis. Please email email@example.com and we can talk over some options and show you the process for single-event scheduling.
Dodge 150 was also discussed. It is maintained and booked by the D’Amore-McKim school of business, so if you teach in DMSB, we recommend that you connect with them in order to inquire about that space.
Here is more information about Solstice Pods (available in ISEC 136, 138, 140, and 142). And Blackboard Collaborate Ultra information is provided here.
ATS also has some upcoming workshops on related technologies
- Introduction to Collaborate Ultra: 6/26, 8/3
- Introduction to Solstice: every Monday from 1:00pm-1:45 and every Friday from 11:00am-11:45am
Please visit our website to see other available courses! We would also be happy to schedule a one-on-one session for any tools we support at your convenience.
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