FLEXspace FREEZE Coming November 13!

 

FLEXspace is Getting a Facelift!

You spoke, we listened. An extensive effort is underway to redesign FLEXspace to be mobile, “user-friendly” and infused with new features to better serve the academic community. The “FLEXspace 2.0” prototype was unveiled this summer at the UBTech Conference to rave reviews! Please stop by our poster presentation at EDUCAUSE to get a hands-on demo of the new prototype!

We will FREEZE the FLEXspace Uploading Side of Things November 13th

In order to transition content to FLEXspace 2.0, we need to “freeze” the upload side of FLEXspace on Monday, Nov. 13th to create a clean data set to migrate to the new, custom platform.  This includes suspension of record editing and new account creation.

Have you been meaning to upload and showcase your latest and greatest learning spaces to the collection? Don’t delay – you can still upload new spaces until the freeze date.

And after the freeze date, as a registered FLEXspace user, you will still be able to view, browse and search the collection, create ‘image groups’ and tag your favorite spaces.

FLEXspace.org will share regular status updates – so please subscribe to the blog be notified as we move through this exciting growth process!

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SDSU Live Tour Showcases Active Learning Spaces and Learning Glass

 

We hope you were able to tune in to the live tour by James Frazee at San Diego State University, second in the new series of live virtual tours of campus learning spaces sponsored by the EDUCAUSE Learning Spaces Constituent Group.

Link to archive of live tour: https://youtu.be/PVz9dpFI5j4 

Check out FLEXspace for details of both SDSU spaces seen in the tour. These are just a few of the many Learning Research Studios and active learning spaces at SDSU. Search FLEXspace for more spaces at SDSU.

Learning Glass Studio – SSW 2667Learning Glass at SDSU

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DescriptionFriday, January 13 at 9am (Pacific Time) San Diego State University’s Director of Instructional Technology Services and Senior Academic Technology Officer, Dr. James P. Frazee, will provide a virtual tour of two of SDSU’s new Learning Research Studios. The ITS Learning Research Studios (LRS) provide innovative learning spaces for faculty to experiment with state-of-the-art instructional technologies and student-centered classroom design. Faculty who teach in the LRS spaces are encouraged to pursue scholarly research related to pedagogical innovations and are supported by ITS staff and a cohort of fellow LRS faculty. One of the LRS spaces being featured on Friday’s tour includes a large Learning Glass (AKA Lightboard) device situated within an active learning classroom. Learning Glass / Lightboard is new technology for delivering and recording lectures that allows instructors to write notes while maintaining face-to-face contact with students. Essentially, it’s a transparent whiteboard paired with a lecture capture system. This studio is also capable of “one-button” recording to a USB device, or automated recording through an integrated Mediasite capture system. Interested in building your own Learning Glass? We will describe the latest build and buy options available today.

Learning Glass and Science Glass Competition 2018

 
The new Science Glass competition videos are now live! Check them out. One of the prizes will be awarded as a popularity contest where the video with the most views + likes will win. 
There will be a screening and prize giveaway sometime this semester. Please stay tuned!

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See what cool and educational presentations these students are making with Learning Glass!

Webinar: Women in STEM Series on Learning Spaces 1.10.18

 
Join this event on Learning Spaces and STEM
January 10th, 12:00-1:30pm EST

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to debut The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive series, a collaboration between Cornell University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales.

This interactive, online series features a different topic per month. Each session kicks off with an introduction by our distinguished thought leaders followed by institutional representatives from Cornell University and the University at Buffalo who will share insights from their campuses. Participants may join the conversation, ask questions, share experiences, build networks and learn more.

Guest speakers include our very own FLEXspace founder, Lisa Stephens, and FLEXspace partner, Jeanne Narum of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory. Learn more and RSVP for the event here

Spotlight: University of Toledo Trains Future Healthcare Professionals with Simulation Center

 

 AVI-SPL is a proud FLEXspace Silver Sponsor. See how they’re bringing innovative technologies and solutions to improve learning spaces in higher education. 

Mission: Improve Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The University of Toledo Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (UT – IISC) has, as part of its mission, goals to train students in virtual immersive environments in order to produce medical graduates who excel in clinical practice and medical research. To help meet these goals, the IISC incorporates clinical simulation scenarios and 3D visualization technology with the aim of preparing learners for the safest possible clinical care of real patients.

Floor 1 is an immersive simulation floor where virtual reality tools are used to teach in the form of specialized displayed systems. This includes CAD walls and an iSpace, which Bill Schmidt of AVI-SPL describes as “the closest thing to a holodeck that we have on the planet.” “You can suspend a viewer’s belief system and put them into virtual worlds that can very closely approximate the real world.  This is a very new way of providing teaching, especially in the medical field, and it offers a bunch of new possibilities for them to accelerate the learning process.”

Floor 2 features the advanced clinical simulation center with high fidelity human patient simulators in simulated hospital settings. This floor can be turned into a virtual delivery unit, intensive care unit, trauma suite and surgical suite.

Floor 3 is a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center where surgical and procedural skill training is performed. This floor utilizes advanced trainers and enables surgical workshops, alongside a section that specifically works with bodies that were donated for scientific study.

“In the Virtual Hospital, you can practice taking care of patients in the simulation spaces, including the transition of care from one level of care to another,” Boyers says. “For example, from the home, to the ED, to the hospital, to the ICU and back home again. Practicing the safe transition of patient care from one team to the next is very important.”  Boyers says before the 65,000 square foot simulation center was built, the university built a 12,000 square foot prototype. She says the prototype was a test to see if the simulation center concept would be adopted by students, faculty and the curriculum.

Read the full article here. See the full case study here. 

A Better Workforce Through Interactive Learning Programs

 

A Better Workforce Through Interactive Learning Programs: Q&A with Tracie Bryant

When higher education and private sector organizations team up, learning through video becomes much more than streamed lectures or recorded expert presentations and interviews. It becomes an interactive and dynamic experience with videoconferencing and 3D environments.

Corporate and education alliances create opportunities to inspire students in ways textbooks or static content can’t. For example, a medical student can walk into a lab, assess and treat a traumatic head injury on a simulated patient, and then be evaluated by a physician at a remote location. In addition to simulations, students may collaborate with experts, visualize their work in 3D, and more. Tracie Bryant, AVI-SPL VP of Sales for State/Local Government & Education, explains why these programs result in improved career opportunities and a more skilled workforce.
Read the full article

 AVI-SPL is a proud FLEXspace Silver Sponsor

Space in the Spotlight: World-Class Restaurant Lab at Florida International University

 

AVI-SPL is a proud FLEXspace Silver Sponsor. Here’s an example of how they’re bringing innovative technologies and solutions to improve learning spaces in higher education. 

MISSION: AN EDGE ON THE JOB MARKET

The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University gives students hands-on experience in restaurant management as they prepare for careers in the hospitality industry.  “Technology is important to us in all that we do,” says Mike Hampton, dean of the Chaplin school. “If we’re going to have a world-class hospitality program, we have to have world-class facilities.”

This facility, featuring Crestron, Chief, Panasonic, and Polycom, is a space where video and audio technology helps teachers keep track of student performance, brings remote locations together for distance learning, and gives students an advantage over their counterparts at other schools. In the kitchen, students gather around HD displays to watch distance-learning instruction and video conference with other groups of students and teachers. The Polycom video conferencing system connects the FIU lab with culinary schools in Ireland and China so participants can share content. The cameras, which blend with the architecture, capture all the activity throughout the lab for the video conferences, and function as 24/7 surveillance.

During a video conferencing session, students and guests can ask questions of those at the remote site. While a chef at a dining table gives a demonstration, a presenter annotates those images using the interactive 24-inch Crestron panel from a custom-built lectern, and shares them on the large display over the bar.  Presenters can also annotate content using four Crestron touch panels (including two wireless units). Four Crestron Capture HD units enable instructors to record their lectures in real time, and make them available for live streaming and downloading. Thin-profile wall mounts by Chief make it easy for the displays to be serviced. (Read the article here, or download the PDF case study here.)

 

Learning Constituent Group Spotlight Spaces

 

Take a look at these spaces discussed at EDUCAUSE 2017 in Philly.

Including spaces shared by:

  • Julie Johnston, Director of Learning Space, Indiana University
  • Rob Peregoodoff, Director Learning Services, University of British Columbia
  • Nicole Weber, Director of Learning Technology, University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • Laurie Fox, Director and Manager of Educational Technology, SUNY Geneseo Assistant
  • Chuck Haberle  Asst VP for Academic Affairs, Academic Facilities and Technology Planning, Providence College
  • Matthew Wilk, Associate Director, Digital Classroom Services, Rutgers University
  • Andy Kuhar, Assistant Director of Learning Environments, The Ohio State University
  • Steve Bailey & Kate Slotek, Director (ACE) & Classroom Design & Development, University of Toronto
  • Adam Finkelstein, Educational Developer, Physical and Digital Learning Environments, McGill University

See the spaces in the PDF viewer below or click here to find the PDF slides:

Welcoming Computer Comforts as our new Gold Sponsor!

 

FLEXspace is thrilled to announce Computer Comforts, Inc. (CCI) as our new Gold Level sponsor partner! 

As we move from the current version of FLEXspace to the new and improved “FLEXspace 2.0,”  we modified our partnership structure to better align with the FLEXspace expanded feature set. And today, we’re excited to announce that Computer Comforts Inc. is our newest Gold Level Sponsor Partner! Learn more about their products on their new sponsor page here on the FLEXspace.org site.

computer comforts gold sponsorComputer Comforts, Inc. will be celebrating their 30 year anniversary at the Educause Conference this year. Visit booth #921 to see several new products, including a collaborative table with the patented Hide-Away LCD feature.  In addition, CCI has also furnished the Educause Attendee Lounge located at booth #815. This lounge will feature a wide variety of active learning furniture and soft seating. A great spot to rest your feet, plug-in and recharge your batteries!  @CompComfortsInc