Have you ever thought about how digitally-enabled learning spaces could work at your university or college and how they could benefit your students? The sticky campus roadshow offers an opportunity to test drive a fully-configured digital classroom.
What is the sticky campus?
The sticky campus, which the roadshow is named after, is a place where students would want to spend time even when they have no formal teaching sessions to attend. It embraces everything that is truly student-centric so that students fully live amongst their learning.
We are working with universities and colleges, through the roadshow and other projects, to create environments that provide students with collaborative learning facilities for both taught sessions and self-directed study.
What we are doing
The focus of the roadshow is a mobile, student-centred digital classroom. It travels to you so you can try it out for up to four weeks.
Small groups can work student-to-student or student-to-tutor with digital content at individual tables wirelessly connected to a group screen. This content can be simultaneously duplicated onto a large front-of-class screen.
These pop-up learning spaces are designed to promote active learning and students can be engaged with real-time quizzes, instant ad hoc questions and a range of collaborative tasks.
How this will help you
Experiencing a pop-up classroom gives you practical experience of an active learning space on site. It can help you make informed decisions about what is involved and how it can benefit students and staff.
It also works as a hub to bring stakeholders across your institution and in your locality together, sharing experiences of active learning and looking at effective strategies.
It is important to understand the critical success factors before you invest or look to develop your current learning and teaching spaces. The roadshow will help you avoid pitfalls by demonstrating what’s involved in a successful deployment of an active learning space, including:
- Putting an effective wireless infrastructure in place
- Designing the curriculum to suit active learning pedagogies
- Enhancing staff and student digital capabilities
- Understanding how such spaces support accessibility and inclusion
- Optimising learning spaces to support varying durations of learning sessions
Why learning environments matter
Learning environments that generate improved academic outcomes and help develop skills that prepare students for a world of work and lifelong learning beyond graduation are all key assessment criteria of the teaching excellence and student outcomes framework (TEF).
Digital transformations should positively influence every area of campus life, delivering strategic improvements to enrich the student experience and enhance teaching practice.
Such transformations can create a culture where student and staff wellbeing, accessibility, and the opportunities for richer social and emotional connections between students to support their learning become the everyday standard.
Who is the roadshow for?
The roadshow will focus on the benefits for students and teaching staff.
It will also be of interest to:
- University executive boards - who have found great value from holding monthly meetings in this new environment
- Directors of estates - who, with their project teams, can better understand the importance of designing to support the bring your own device (BYOD) learner
- Directors of library and IT services - whose infrastructure experts can add real value to their effectiveness
- Pro-vice chancellors for learning and teaching, academic enhancement, student experience, wellbeing
In the past three years our events have been attended by 121 universities, 76 colleges, and 34 companies.
Looking ahead - remote students in control
For the future, we are also planning to showcase a way of creating virtual classrooms to give remote-based students a "being-there" experience.
This could be a classroom for connecting remote students alone, or a space that combines both present and remote students.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), our 2020 roadshows have been postponed until 2021.
If you would like to find out more about future roadshows or you're interested in attending a workshop, please contact Simon Farr (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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