In an attempt to provide consistent classroom experiences for the faculty and students of Tri-County Technical College, the Physical Learning Environment Advisory Team (PLEAT) was formed. To gather feedback from the faculty, a survey was administered. This survey sought to garner feedback from faculty in the following categories: instructional objectives, instructional approaches, spatial & technology attributes, and software & connectivity requirements. In addition to this, faculty were asked to provide open-ended responses in an attempt to gather qualitative data and ascertain themes. The team received 113 responses and the results were consolidated using a synthesis workshop and the findings yielded the following results: 6 distinctive learning spaces were defined and features of these spaces were outlined. Based on the data collected, a graphic was designed to encompass the information in a visual way.
AS - Stacey Frank
Student Engagement - Som Linthicum
Instructional Support - Sarah Shumpert
BPS - Pam Goodman
EIT - Justin Herndon
Comp Studies - Tracy Kilgore
HE - Mandy Hanks
AS - Christoph Kreese
AS - Derek Williams (adjunct)
Student Engagement - Brian Swords
Student Engagement - Lauren McClellan
IT - Luke VanWingerden
To synthesize the information compiled from faculty feedback and the PLEAT, the following graphic was created to provide a visualization of the experiences. In this graphic, foundational infrastructure and software elements were defined that are present across all instructional spaces, with few exceptions.
Beyond the foundational elements, there is one standard classroom space. The Flexible Classroom gives instructor the ability to promote group work and other active learning activities, while still providing an experience conducive to classroom lecture.
The top row of the graphic indicates specialized learning environments: the auditorium, the synchronous video classrooms, the computer labs, and the experiential classrooms. These learning spaces are more specialized to accommodate different instructional environments, but build upon the standard flexible classroom designs.
Lastly, to the right of the graphic, there is an area for potential add-ons. This is a list of items and features that are not include in the basic classroom design, but are available to instructors upon request.