New site, new opportunities for instructors

As you may have noticed on our front page, the Innovative Spaces Program home has moved to Head there to submit your application for summer and autumn 2017 course by January 6, 2017.

If you’re an instructor, you can now also apply to be part of our first Active Learning Classroom Community (ALCC). This learning community was developed by UCAT and ODEE to deepen connections between instructors teaching in Active Learning Classrooms at the The Ohio State University.  8-10 applicants will be selected to participate in our first cohort, set to begin May 2017.

ALCC members receive:

  • Priority scheduling in an Active Learning Classroom for fall 2017 (and future terms as course is offered)
  • $1,000 toward professional development

ALCC members agree to:

  • Participate in ALCC Course Design Institute to tailor their course for delivery in an Active Learning Classroom.  Course Design Institute will meet 10AM-1 PM every Wednesday from May 17 to June 14 (applicants who have previously completed a CDI for the course they are applying with can be exempt from this requirement).
  • Attend kickoff event in July and participate in monthly cohort meetings August 2017 – April 2018 (final schedule TBD based on participant availability).

Selections will be made in mid-January, and announced in conjunction with summer and fall 2017 Innovative Spaces Program classroom schedules.

Interested instructors can apply now to be part of the Active Learning Classroom Community by answering a few extra questions in our new application form over at

Sign up to attend a workshop and come check out our newest Innovative Space

Active Learning Workshops

Fall workshop registration is open for those looking to fulfill their Innovative Spaces Program requirement, or anyone else interested in active learning pedagogy.

  • Register now to attend Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom on Monday, September 12
  • Register now to attend Applied Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom on Monday, October 3

Faculty Innovation Center: New Classroom Grand Opening

You are cordially invited to a grand opening celebration in Campbell Hall room 100 from 2-4 PM Monday  August 22nd. Get hands-on time with the room’s special features, including flexible furniture, ‘teach in the round’ capabilities, and an adjacent outdoor gathering area. Instructors scheduled in the room this fall will be able to set up a personalized walk-through in the weeks before, details TBA once construction is complete. 

About Innovative Spaces

If you’re here, it’s likely you saw our announcement in OnCampus, on the ODEE site, Twitter, Yammer, or some other social media. Regardless of where you came from, welcome! If you’re wondering what this is all about, check out the home page and head over to the FAQ for a quick rundown of what the Innovative Spaces Program is all about.

If you’re not familiar with OSU’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning, the about page of our site does a good job of breaking it down:

Our team is passionate about the role technology can play at Ohio State. We love what we do.  Our mission is to provide students on and off campus with an enriched educational experience for a lifetime of learning through technology-ready classrooms, centralized learning systems, innovations in technological pedagogy, and distance education opportunities. To learn more about what we do, take a look at our strategic plan.

We’re excited to kick off this new initiative and continue to work with the awesome faculty at Ohio State. If you’re interested in active learning, we encourage you to apply to teach in an Innovative Space for Autumn 2015. Just make sure you get everything in before the deadline, October 31, 2014.

What’s it like teaching in an Innovative Space at OSU?

A new active learning space at Ohio State is wrapping up its inaugural semester.

Stillman Hall 135 features four monitors and one large writeable projection screen, all equipped with Apple TVs for wireless display from any iOS device. A cart with 30 iPads is always in the room and the mobile pod desks enable group work and facilitate collaboration, a central goal for improving the student experience.

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning developed the space in continuation of its long-running partnership with the Classroom Readiness Committee. ODEE’s collaboration with the Office of the University Registrar ensures that the seats are always filled.

A group of faculty and staff from the College of Social Work (CSW) has partnered with ODEE to conduct research on the active learning space’s impact on the student and faculty experience. Surveys were recently distributed to all students and CSW instructors who used the room. The results are coming in and data analysis is kicking off. We look forward to widely sharing what we learn from the results, with publications and presentations to appear 2014-2015.

Inquiries about the research study can be directed to Sam Craighead.

Reposted from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University.