Instrumented, technology-enhanced, active learning classrooms
The Eberly Center provides two instrumented technology-enhanced, active learning classrooms in the Tepper Quad. These rooms are designed to capture rich data on classroom interactions and behaviors that can be used for (a) formative feedback on your teaching and your students’ learning, (b) exploring the effect of a new technology or pedagogy you wish to incorporate in your course, (c) conducting educational research in a real class setting, and more!
Tepper 1308 has 64-seat capacity, and Tepper 1306 has 24-seat capacity. Both rooms have the following features:
- ability to collect rich data such as video and audio
- educational technologies including interactive screens and document camera
- modern classroom design including easily moveable furniture and whiteboard walls
- a flexible platform for building new sensor and recording devices
Additionally, use of either room comes with direct support from Eberly’s staff of consultants, researchers, and education technology experts.
Potential Use Cases for the Instrumented TEL Classrooms:
There are a variety of ways CMU instructors and researchers might imagine leveraging these state-of-the-art teaching facilities. Here are a few examples to consider as you make your request to teach in these classrooms.
Do you want to...
Receive data-enhanced feedback on your teaching or your students’ learning
Explore using or piloting an educational technology in your course
Many instructors want to incorporate a technology tool in their course, but they don’t know how well it may work, especially on the first try. Other instructions have built their own technology tool and want to test it in the context of a real course. In either case, the Eberly Center’s instrumented classrooms enable audio and video data collection that can be useful as you pilot a new technology tool and seek to assess its use and effectiveness in your course.
Conduct research on student learning and/or engagement
The Eberly Center’s instrumented classrooms may be a good option for conducting classroom research. For example, an instructor might want to test whether a teaching approach improves learning or engagement.The advantage of conducting research in these rooms is the availability of rich digital data sources, e.g., video and audio from a number of class sessions throughout the semester. These data can complement other types of learning assessments.
Experiment with a new instrumentation technology you are developing for research purposes
Use the space for its instructional affordances
Make your request to use one of these two new classrooms by filling out this classroom request form.