As Ohio State continues to integrate more technology into its classrooms, timely support is integral to fostering and maintaining successful environments for learning.
ODEE‘s Classroom Services team exists to provide assistance to anyone scheduled in their almost 400 general use classrooms across campus. If you run into a problem in class, they’re just a call away at 247-HELP (4357). In order to respond quickly, they have staff located in 6 different offices across campus. In addition to immediate support, Classroom Services also provides training for in-room technology, best practices for equipment usage, and proactive maintenance, reporting, and repair for other issues within these rooms. Starting this fall, each of their supported classrooms will now have, at minimum, an instructor computer and permanently installed audio/video projection system.
Both classrooms in the Innovative Spaces Program are supported and maintained by Classroom Services and we highly recommend that all instructors accepted into the program schedule time to meet with one of their staff early in the term or before the start of classes. Their team is staffed to help out and answer your questions throughout the term, 7am-10pm Monday-Thursday, and 7am-5pm Fridays. Contact 247-HELP (4357) for immediate support or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Want to learn more? Check out the Classroom Services website to submit an online request, browse the classrooms they support, and more.
Teaching consultations, the Course Design Institute, and numerous other events are hosted by the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) every semester. From one-on-one professional development meetings to seminars and a yearly teaching and learning conference, UCAT offers a wide array of opportunities for instructors looking to improve their courses.
Attendees of last week’s joint ODEE/UCAT workshop, Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom may recognize this detailed list of active learning strategies and notes on how to use them. As part of the Innovative Spaces Program, we will continue to offer these active learning workshops throughout the year. The next one is scheduled for September 16th and registration is open now.
If you’re just getting started with UCAT, we also recommend their teaching FAQs and A-Z list of resources for OSU instructors. To stay updated, be sure to follow their blog and newsletter cataloging offerings throughout the year.
Innovative Spaces applications for the Autumn 2016 semester are open through January 8, 2016.
Looking for a space to complement your interactive content? Our Innovative Spaces are designed to help promote active-learning strategies that engage students in activities like group exercises or problem-based learning while utilizing responsive mobile technology. To receive priority scheduling in one of these classrooms, instructors must attend two 90-minute learning workshops and participate in assessment of the space.
For detailed information about the rooms available, including seating count, amenities, and a virtual tour, check out our spaces page.
Register now to attend one of our workshops on the following dates/times:
In collaboration with UCAT, these workshops strive to help participants develop strategies for active learning pedagogy, identify university resources for teaching and training support, understand the purpose and scope of this program, and provide more information about applying for the program. Each session is held in an Active Learning Classroom and employs group work and other active learning strategies that help demonstrate how to the space can be used.
Be sure to apply before January 8, 2016 to have your fall 2016 course scheduled in one of these spaces.