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.
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 AVI-SPL is a proud FLEXspace Silver Sponsor

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 

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!

Announcing our UBTech Contest Winners!

We will be posting a full article about our contest winners, but just in case you were wondering…..we wanted to let you know that the lucky winners have been selected and contacted!

Congratulations to:

  • Indiana University
  • Binghamton University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Penn State
  • The University of New England, Portland
  • University of South Carolina Upstate

Keep an eye out for further details. And there may be another contest on the horizon……..

The FLEXspace™ team is proud to be a Program Partner for the UBTech 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL June 12-14 (details at registration at https://www.ubtechconference.com/home).

Visit us at  Expo  Booth 114!

FLEXspace a proud UBTech Program Sponsor!

How Creative Collisions Drive Innovation

“That’s the architectural invention of creative collisions, that you create architecture that allows these accidental ad hoc kind of meetings of minds and people to happen,” he said.

Take the learning spaces, for example. Under older teaching methods, one person stood in the front of a room and other people listened. It is a highly structured and hierarchical relationship, says Kleinman. In the new campus that will be blown apart. The spaces draw inspiration from artists’ studios, where groups work collaboratively and can critique one another’s work.

When the new campus was being designed, the team explored how these kinds of spaces functioned and looked at how such concepts could be applied to Cornell Tech’s needs. They asked questions such as: how do studios work? What kind of spaces qualify as jury space? What kind of surfaces? What kind of furniture?

The result is learning spaces which are open, flexible, and full of daylight. There are surfaces which are designed to be appealing to the touch.

From writing on the walls to moving furniture, learning spaces aren’t just vacant spaces for students to work on computers.

These design choices also reflect the innovative teaching styles at Cornell Tech. It also mirrors the interdisciplinary language used by staff, which might draw on a range of fields, including art education.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: tech.cornell.edu

“That’s the architectural invention of creative collisions, that you create architecture that allows these accidental ad hoc kind of meetings of minds and people to happen…

In the new campus…”spaces draw inspiration from artists’ studios, where groups work collaboratively and can critique one another’s work. When the new campus was being designed, the team explored how these kinds of spaces functioned and looked at how such concepts could be applied to Cornell Tech’s needs. They asked questions such as: how do studios work? What kind of spaces qualify as jury space? What kind of surfaces? What kind of furniture?

 

The result is learning spaces which are open, flexible, and full of daylight. There are surfaces which are designed to be appealing to the touch.”

 

Read more …..

Upload your Spaces Today to Enter for Free UBTech Registration!

Our contest is closing today. Please make sure to upload your learning spaces!

 

We will make is easy for you — simply upload an image of your space and at a minimum, enter:

  • Contact Email
  • Campus
  • Room Name

Any other descriptors would be great, but not necessary for the contest! 

And remember to click “PUBLISH” when you’re done.

We’ll be announcing the winner later this week!

Details of the contest are here.

 

 

20 Years In the Making, A New Building Brings Innovation to Students

As we evolve and become more efficient, so do the spaces around us. Colleges and universities take advantage of the advancements in modern architecture and technology to provide students with improved learning environments.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: blog.suny.edu

Another exciting new learning space from SUNY!

“One of the newest buildings paving the way to the future is the all new Science Hall at New Paltz, which held its grand opening at a March 9 ribbon cutting.

Being the first new building in 20 years, the 77,000 square foot Science Hall is helping fill the need to provide students and faculty with innovative learning spaces. The building houses programs in Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Astronomy, Geography, and the AC2 program. The AC2 program is in place to support students in STEM disciplines from underrepresented backgrounds.…….”

All the cool schools are sharing their spaces. Won’t you?!?

Time is running out to enter the contest for free UBTech registration. See contest details on a previous blog post.

Thank you to these schools who have recently shared their spaces and will be entered into the drawing! Won’t you join them??

Thank you to:
  • Penn State
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Indiana University
  • San Diego State University
  • Red Deer College
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Webinar: Strategies for Scaling Active Learning Classrooms Across Campus

Check out this upcoming webinar, presented by our very own FLEXspace core team member, Mark McCallister, hosted by Academic Impressions.

Strategies for Scaling Active Learning Classrooms Across Campus

May 31, 2017 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT

Learn strategies for bringing active learning opportunities to your entire campus.

Many institutions create a few “showcase” active learning spaces rather than incorporating active learning elements throughout all classrooms on campus. Learn how to pursue a scalable model for creating active learning spaces across your campus. This training will focus on how you can:

  • Improve your physical space with active learning components
  • Gain buy-in from faculty for a pedagogy shift
  • Save time and money to create spaces that enhance student learning

This training will feature examples from the University of Florida to help you see the concepts discussed.

Mark McCallister

Associate Director of the Office of Academic Technology
University of Florida

Mark McCallister is Associate Director of the Office of Academic Technology at the University of Florida. Areas under his supervision include classroom technology support, video & collaboration services, A/V installation services, learning space design, computer labs & classrooms, optical mark recognition scanning and scoring, support of workstation hardware and software, and software application & desktop virtualization. He served as President of CCUMC: Leadership in Media & Academic Technology (http://www.ccumc.org) in 2010-2011, and in other roles on CCUMC’s Board of Directors from 2008-2012. Mark has presented on various topics at numerous CCUMC conferences, as well as ACM SIGUCCS, EduComm, the 2011 Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services conference in Newcastle, United Kingdom, and was an invited keynote speaker at the 2012 Learning Space Design Summit in Sydney, Australia. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Technology.

Welcoming Sony Education Segment as our Newest Sponsor!

We are excited to announce Sony Education Segment as our newest FLEXspace sponsor! Eisuke Sakai and his team from Japan and USA will be working with our core team to see how to best connect with and support the FLEXspace community to develop creative learning spaces with AV and IT technologies. Join us in giving Sony a big welcome! 

Learn more about our newest sponsor here at Sony Education SegmentSony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc. 

@SonyElectronics@Sony