Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning (TEIL)

Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning

 

The TEIL (Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning) classrooms provide an active learning environment within the classroom and additionally connects faculty and students outside of the classroom. This builds a virtual collaboration group consisting of classroom students, content providers, and students from off-campus. It enhances faculty resources in a flipped classroom where the faculty can spend valuable time with the students solving problems.

 

The design is distinctive by combining the established idea of collaborative group problem solving with adding the notion of video connectedness between the student collaboration groups, faculty member, and off-campus students.  The student is then connected to their collaborative group, other classroom groups, off-campus students, faculty member, and other off-campus content resources. This is accomplished by collaborative furniture containing document and video sharing technologies, Telepresense equipment connecting and managing all the work group tables electronically, and a specialized set of faculty development to consider the impact on learning the best pedagogy for course design.

 

Students work in groups of up to 6 in a "pod" with the ability to collaborate and display information locally and to the entire room from a wide array of devices.

 

Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning

 

Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning

 

 

College of Education TEIL Classroom

 

Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning

 

Room specifications:

  • 8 collaborative tables with Steelcase furniture with 6 seats and pucks, one Cisco SX20 per table.
  • 6 Virtual pucks to connect to video system for document sharing.
  • 1 SX80 at the front of the room for instructor and general presentations.
  • WebEx integration with the room as a whole and each table.
  • Technology support for each classroom during sessions.
  • Pedagogical support for the faculty in developing their teaching methodology.

 

College of Business TEIL Classroom

 

College of Business TEIL

 

Room specifications:

  • 6 collaborative tables with Steelcase furniture with 6 seats and pucks, one Cisco SX20 per table.
  • 6 Virtual pucks to connect to video system for document sharing.
  • 1 SX80 at the front of the room for instructor and general presentations.
  • WebEx integration with the room as a whole and each table.
  • Technology support for each classroom during sessions.
  • Pedagogical support for the faculty in developing their teaching methodology.

 

Faculty comments:

  • I felt myself drawn into student conversations in the TEIL room because there was so much going on, there was such a sense of immediacy. It made me rethink assignments; how does each meet the course objectives. I found myself making assignments more rigorous and more complex. The students really liked working in class. They brought a different energy that forced me to think about how to make the assignments meet their commitment.
  • We started with group work, then I would supplement my lecture. It just felt more natural in the TEIL room—more collaborative. Students all had deliverables and they were all creating knowledge. Can’t do that in a regular classroom. There is a different cultural feel and expectations—the technology is in the foreground. It’s a nice room, it felt more friendly and more cohort in a class.
  • The room doesn’t just challenge students in terms of being prepared for class, this class has challenged me in ways that nothing has. I am really looking forward to teaching in it again this Fall so that I can do things a little differently, more efficiently to achieve course objectives.