Aligning Open, Physical, and Virtual Learning Spaces in the CIS Sandbox

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  • 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 LabLibraryClassroomStudent LoungeTutoring/Learning LabConference RoomDesign ConsiderationsWhere Is It?Easy to findCurrently not used muchResourcesHardware / EquipmentBenefits of the SpaceBudgetStaffing and TrainingLooking AheadTeachingOngoing RevisionsWhat 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.
  • What did we want to accomplish? CollaborativeBusiness CasualNew Image for an Old LabWhat did we want to change?LightingFurnitureLayoutPaint Colors
  • Here’s what Wikipedia says ….
  • 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 pedagogiescreative, to energise and inspire learners and tutors; supportive, to develop the potential of all learners; enterprising, to make each space capable of supporting different purposesSo 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?
  • Here’s the transformation.
  • Aligning Open, Physical, and Virtual Learning Spaces in the CIS Sandbox

    1. 1. Aligning Open, Physical, and Virtual Spaces in the CIS Sandbox Mark Frydenberg mfrydenberg@bentley.edu @checkmark Bentley University, Waltham, MA
    2. 2. Agenda• Rethinking Physical Learning Spaces• Creating a Virtual Presence with Social Media• Research Methodology – Usage (Physical, Virtual, and Technology) – Social Media / Technical Ecosystem• Next Steps
    3. 3. Related WorkCollaborative Learning Communities in the CISSandbox (IADIS E-Learning, Lisbon, July 2012)Fostering Entrepreneurship in the CIS Sandbox(ISECON, New Orleans, Oct. 2012) to appear
    4. 4. “Every school has a computer lab.”
    5. 5. Guiding Research Questions • What strategies may be employed to transform a computer lab to a physical and virtual collaborative learning space? • How can Web 2.0 and online collaboration tools be used to create an online presence that will promote learning both within and outside a physical computer laboratory space?
    6. 6. Designing Spaces for Effective Learning flexible future-proof bold creative supportive enterprising(JISC)
    7. 7. Goals Create physical Foster and virtual Use social media entrepreneurshipenvironments for to reach out to using social media collaborative students and collaboration learning tools
    8. 8. Others (USC)
    9. 9. http://youtu.be/v6lMidsVqE8
    10. 10. Physical Space 3 4 1 Survey 2 5• Does Your Computer Lab look like this? 6
    11. 11. Socio-Technical Systems • Socio-technical systems consider both social and technical factors in creating evolving computer-based systems that benefit from social media and user-generated content. (Baxter and Somerville, 2008)
    12. 12. Virtual Space http://cis.bentley.edu/sandbox
    13. 13. http://cis.bentley.edu/sandbox
    14. 14. Facebook
    15. 15. Twitter
    16. 16. YouTube
    17. 17. EventBrite
    18. 18. Google+ Hangouts
    19. 19. Wiki (Google Site) Knowledge Base
    20. 20. Social Media Infrastructure
    21. 21. Research Study2803 Visits, Sept 8 to Dec 24 616 Different people 142 Survey Responses Social Media, Interviews
    22. 22. Technology Use
    23. 23. Blog Content over 6 Months
    24. 24. Remote Assistance
    25. 25. Students Want: Online Access85/126
    26. 26. Students Want: Tutoring Help
    27. 27. Students Want: Social Space
    28. 28. Students Want: Work Space
    29. 29. Students Want: Think Space
    30. 30. Students Want: Individual Space
    31. 31. Students Want: Group Space
    32. 32. Students Want: Learn from Peers
    33. 33. Students Use: Collaborationhttp://www.youtu.be/1u1srgWwHwc
    34. 34. Students Want: Career Info
    35. 35. Students Want: Extracurricular
    36. 36. Faculty Want: Individual Work
    37. 37. Google Analytics
    38. 38. Summary• A physical learning space that promotes social collaborative learning will attract todays learners• An online presence using social media tools may help promote the physical space and attract students to visit it• Implementing these tools allows student workers to gain experience in using them in an entrepreneurial setting
    39. 39. Next Steps: More Open, More Social• Open the blog for comments• Increased use of Facebook and Twitter• Tutoring via Google+ Hangouts• TimeTrade for Online Appointments• Salesforce for Administration
    40. 40. Thank You!

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