Throw out your idea of the traditional classroom. Imagine yourself in a whole new educational space where there isn’t a back of the room to hide in. Imagine yourself in a space where the active engagement of students with educational content and faculty is promoted by the space and technology itself. Today’s learners are more collaborative, relational, and technology capable than ever before. In response, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing has developed an educational space, the Collaboratory, that integrates technology in a way that removes the barriers of technology and learning and fully embraces active learning. Passive learning is no longer an option in the space.
Everything from the chairs on wheels to the huddleboards and CopyCams to the Teamboards and wireless technologies allows students to experience learning through exploration. Under the active learning model, teachers serve as facilitators, where learning and knowledge generation occur throughout the space. Often, the configuration of the instructional space can impede learning. The Collaboratory removes obstacles by creating an instructional area that accommodates a variety of teaching methods and engages today’s learner in an active, group oriented setting.
The Collaboratory design breaks the instructional space into multiple student groups in a way that eliminates a true room orientation, thus engaging the entire room. Each group is equipped with familiar technologies including a computer, 60” LCD monitor, wireless keyboard, mouse, Teamboard Tablet, webcam, and Huddleboards. By using web-based collaboration tools, the Collaboratory extends beyond its physical walls and is available to distance education students around the world.
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