College of Education Designs DIGI Lab
The College of Education has designed a learning environment that provides seamless integration of technology and opportunities to study and socialize in a group. The DIGI lab (which stands for De-centeredness, Interaction with technology, Group collaboration and Inquiry-oriented instruction) is designed to meet the needs of Net Generation students.
One of the creators, Associate Professor Julie Maudlin from the Department of Teaching and Learning, explained that the design offers a flexible classroom space to maximize engaging, student-centered learning opportunities, and provides a model of technology integration that COE students can apply in their future classrooms.
The DIGI Lab was modeled after the “Classroom Next” at Texas Wesleyan University. The classroom accommodates 24 students and is especially useful for instruction in mathematics, language arts and social studies methods, but will be available to all faculty via course scheduling requests and lab reservation through the IRC. Prominent features of this classroom include:
- Flexible seating for multiple configuration (small-group, group presentation and traditional lecture).
- Google Chromebooks for online collaboration on Google Docs, Popplet, Wikis, Blogs and other multi-user web applications.
- Short throw projectors (wall mounted) for maximum interaction with interactive whiteboards.
- Standard Level 1 upgrade to provide multimedia access (instructor workstation with PC, document camera, DVD).
- Four wallplate monitors that can be used in conjunction with two whiteboard screens to project and display digital presentations and documents.
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