Background Notes from Talk to MSU Faculty
Introduction. The College Technology Committee is developing
a plan for the redesign of 133 Erickson (the "Technology Exploration
Center") with a view to making it better serve the needs of the College.
The redesign is needed in part because of changes such as widespread use
of laptops, wireless networking, and increasing access to high speed connections
and computers at home by students and faculty.
We are beginning the process by asking you for your suggestions and ideas
for 133 Erickson and for technology in the College more broadly. We welcome
comments and suggestions for any of the spaces in the College or your
needs for software, hardware, and support. Be creative! Think outside
Some ideas and tensions to keep in mind.
Remember that we are focusing on 133 Erickson today, but we welcome your
ideas about ways to improve all spaces and technologies in support of
your research and teaching.
133 Erickson is large (equal to 4 classrooms), which allows for multiple
"spaces" in it.
133 has three sets of doors, allowing for entry into three "separate"
zones without disturbing the others.
133 is "open", visually and acoustically, which has pros and
cons (especially noise). We would like to keep the space "open"
but there may be a need for "dividers" of some kind... physical,
133 might include a small cafe similar to the MSU Library.
133 should be socially inviting, but it can't become a cluttered clubhouse
for a few.
133 should serve as many constituencies as possible: undergraduates,
graduate students, faculty, staff.
Think differently about time use in 133. It may be best to move away from
scheduling the space for an entire semester for single courses to a pattern
of scheduling smaller chunks of time for more courses and activities.
Similarly, time of day and uses nights and weekends needs to be considered.
The space is currently underutilized most times.
Design needs to balance flexibility (moveable furniture, computers, etc.)
and predictability. (Rearranging furniture allows spontaneity, but can
upset the next users' expectations and plans, especially if the flexibility
results in technologies not working.)
Hardware and software affects usefulness. What do you need? High quality
DVD video and sound? Multiple projectors? Smart boards?
Your suggestions please. The CTC member at your table will take notes
on the discussion, but we would appreciate your taking time to write your
suggestions and hand them in or send them via email to the committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will prepare a report based on your suggestions and today's discussions
and share it with everyone in the College for further discussion.
Purpose of today's session is to offer stimulate discussion among MSU
faculty, staff , and students about ideas for future directions in the
design of "technology classrooms" and integration of technology
into our learning environments. Attending today are some ICTC members
and MSU staff who play a role in these decisions. But we all need to provide
ideas and input.
Changes in student experiences and expectations.
Changes in teaching
National Learning Infrastructure Initiative of Educause. I would encourage
you to take a few minutes to visit the following links for a window on
what's "hot" in technology and higher education.
The National Learning Infrastructure Initiative is being led by
EDUCAUSE, perhaps the most influential organization with respect to information
technologies in higher education.Consider this NLII "concept map"
for example: http://www.educause.edu/nlii/images/concept_map.jpg
"The NLII organizes its work around key themes chosen annually from
the larger domain of the transformation of teaching and learning with
technology. The NLII has begun plotting this domain space visually in
a concept map to gain a higher-level view of the relationships between
National Learning Infrastructure Initiative
Take a look at the "key themes":
games, simulations, and learning
learning space design
learner-centered principles, design and practice
virtual communities of practice
Survey of CEP 240 Students in Spring 2003.
When they first.... What they have in their
recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about what students
Note too ICTC interviews with students who said they rarely used computer
labs or library.
A few years ago, at least in Erickson, "educational technology"
meant primarily technology for K-12 education. In the past five years,
with the Web, Blackboard, Angel, hybrid courses, online courses, etc.,
educational technology has come to much greater prominence in higher education.
DeVoss sent these:
I've attached a couple of pictures of the two labs in Bessey (there are
more labs in Bessey, but there are the two that break the conventional
The floorplans are also online via the Microlabs official page:
Bessey 214 floorplans:
Bessey 317 floorplans:
in Erickson... as examples of design... and design overtaken
Think small: The LTC Spaces for PhD students (Learning, Technology and
Tech Library. http://www.library.gatech.edu/about_us/computing.html