Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms

Stan State operates two classrooms that have been upgraded with specialized technology and furniture to transform them into technology-enhanced active learning classrooms (TEALC).  The two rooms are E 023 (located in the Educational Services Building) and S 104 (located in the Science 1 building).

Both rooms feature the Kramer Collborative Classroom system. Large monitors line the walls of the classrooms and are used by groups of students for collaborative work using regular VIA projection units attached to each monitor. The "brain" of the Kramer classroom system is the instructor's control device, which allows for the sharing of content from any screen to various other screens in the room (one-to-many, one-to-one).

TEALCs at Stan State

Scheduling Information

Both E 023 and S 104 are available as classrooms that can be scheduled using normal university scheduling procedures. Please contact your department scheduler for assistance.  Note: University Extended Education has reservation priority for E 023 every day from 5 pm - 10 pm.

E 023

Capacity

30 students

Technology

  • Kramer Collaborative Classroom system with instructor workstation
  • 10' interactive whiteboard and screen
  • Five 80” monitors for student group work
  • Flexible document camera (Zoom capable)
  • BluRay player

Furniture

Moveable furniture, wall outlets, an instructor screen, and five monitors make room usage very flexible. Students occupy 30 moveable chairs and 30 moveable desks. The chairs are on wheels, and students are able to easily re-arrange them from a lecture configuration to small groups clustered around one of the five monitors.  The desks are height adjustable.  Below is a panoramic image of the room and its furniture:

Panorama of E S B 23
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S 104

Capacity

48 students

Technology

  • Kramer Collaborative Classroom system with instructor workstation
  • Large dropdown ceiling screen
  • Six 70” monitors and two 43" monitors for student group work
  • Flexible document camera (Zoom capable)
  • BluRay player

Furniture

Unlike E 023, students in S 104 work at tables that are stationary and occupy chairs that are moveable. Each table has a Kramer unit and monitor for students to use in a BYOD environment, to join and project content. Below is a panoramic image of the room and its furniture:

Panoramic image of S104
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Active Learning Classroom Overview

An active learning classroom is a tool that uses space to empower students to embrace a more active, immersive style of learning. As such, the traditional lecture environment is greatly de-emphasized in these courses (though not necessarily eliminated), and class time is instead structured around class-wide participatory activities.  The presence of sophisticated content sharing technology allows small groups of students to share content among themselves and with the class as a whole.  Room furniture is specialized and easily reconfigured to support a variety of purposes.  Through an intentional use of the digital and analog tools in the room to support the lessons, active learning classrooms facilitate a cooperative effort that’s harder to achieve in a regular classroom.

Video Resources

Introductory video from University of Minnesota

Introductory video from McGill University

Introductory video from U.C. Berkeley

Support

For assistance with technical training or pedagogical consultation, please contact OIT's Tech Support Desk.