Spring 2016 Applications Are Open!

Innovative Spaces applications for the Spring 2016 semester are open through July 31, 2015.

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 innovative classrooms, instructors must attend two 90-minute learning workshops (schedule TBA) 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.

When you’re ready to apply, the application can be found here.  Feel free to visit our FAQ page to learn more or submit a question.

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.