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Student Learning in the CIS Studio

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Presented at EdMedia in Tampere, this paper describes the creation of the CIS Studio classroom and preliminary results related to student experiences learning there.

Presented at EdMedia in Tampere, this paper describes the creation of the CIS Studio classroom and preliminary results related to student experiences learning there.

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  • What did we want to accomplish?

    Collaborative
    Business Casual
    New Image for an Old Lab

    What did we want to change?

    Lighting
    Furniture
    Layout
    Paint Colors


  • Here’s what Wikipedia says ….
  • What did we want to accomplish?

    Collaborative
    Business Casual
    New Image for an Old Lab

    What did we want to change?

    Lighting
    Furniture
    Layout
    Paint Colors


  • flexible, to accommodate both current and evolving pedagogies;
    future-proof, to enable space to be re-allocated and reconfigured;
    bold, to look beyond tried and tested technologies and pedagogies
    creative, to energise and inspire learners and tutors;
    supportive, to develop the potential of all learners;
    enterprising, to make each space capable of supporting different purposes

    So this is what we wanted to create –
    multipurpose – beyond a computer lab, not just for tutoring
    welcoming – anything is brighter than what we started with. I wanted colors on the walls!
    accessible – easy to find, navigate, figure out where to go and what to do
    collaborative – promotes working together
    individual – giving people space to do their own work as well
    visible – how do we let people know we are here?
  • Usually we don’t have a choice in the spaces we get to redesign. Space at universities are at a premium to begin with. In our case, we had a corner room in a basement with no windows.

    What’s the purpose of the space? How might it be configured?

    Computer Lab
    Library
    Classroom
    Student Lounge
    Tutoring/Learning Lab
    Conference Room

    Design Considerations
    Where Is It?
    Easy to find
    Currently not used much
    Resources
    Hardware / Equipment
    Benefits of the Space
    Budget
    Staffing and Training
    Looking Ahead
    Teaching
    Ongoing Revisions
    What does this space need to be in 5 years?

    students provided ideas about the kind of computer activity center they would like to have: good lighting, comfortable chairs, new carpet, new paint colors, group study areas, more desk space … and flexible seating… to accommodate group study with white boards and large TV screens for sharing computer-based projects.

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    • 1. Student Learning in the CIS Studio Mark Frydenberg Bentley University Waltham, MA USA
    • 2. “Every school has a computer lab.”
    • 3. Tour
    • 4. Designing Spaces for Effective Learning (JISC) flexible future-proof bold creative supportive enterprising
    • 5. Transformation
    • 6. Social Media Infrastructure for the CIS Sandbox Linked In Group
    • 7. Rethinking Classroom Design
    • 8. 20
    • 9. Studio Classrooms (Desbien, 2001) • [Learning] takes place in a dedicated room (the ‘studio’) in which students sit at tables, rather than desks. Each table has one computer for every two or three students and space to do experiments. • Has little or no formal lecture. • Emphasizes active learning through a wide variety of short experiments (often computer-based), pencil-and paper exercises and discussion questions. • Emphasizes small group learning.
    • 10. Tom, Voss, and Sheetz (2008) • [Studio classrooms] convey the sense of innovation, a new approach to physical planning, an experimental space, a prototype from which the campus will learn how to develop other spaces, [and] support for new ways to learn and to teach
    • 11. Construction
    • 12. Building the CIS Studio
    • 13. CIS StudioFall, 2013
    • 14. Preliminary Results (one semester) • Sample of 32 students from 5 classes (4 subject areas) meeting in CIS Studio • 18 freshmen • 1 sophomore • 3 juniors • 4 seniors • 6 graduate
    • 15. 5 Adjectives
    • 16. Student Comments • This classroom allowed for much more engagement and interactivity than a standard classroom. It took away from the lecture style, making it easier to stay focused, and allowed for more hands-on group activities than a standard classroom would. It was also easy having screens at both ends so you never had to turn around to see what you needed to be looking at." • "the layout of the room makes it feel more intimate," • "it made it easier to have a discussion" with classmates.
    • 17. Conclusion and Recommendations • Determine the purpose variety of activities. • Design is iterative. Design with flexibility and expansion in mind. • Consider location of tables with respect to available power and data. • Be sure students can see a screen from anywhere. • Consider the setting (casual, formal, professional). • Allow space for students to spread out with their devices. • Plan for at least two, if not three wireless devices (laptop, tablet, smart phone) per student.
    • 18. Mark Frydenberg mfrydenberg@bentley.edu cis.bentley.edu/mfrydenberg @checkmark