- Some Michigan Engineering classrooms (including two CAEN computer labs) are equipped as flexible learning spaces through the use of highly flexible furniture and integrated technology.
- These classrooms can be reconfigured for multiple uses, such as lecture-style teaching, allowing for student collaborative group work, or engaging in a discussion.
- Many rooms also have wall-mounted monitors that can be used to display content from the instructor lectern, or individual student laptop connections at each station if needed.
In the News!
An article and video about flexible learning space at Michigan Engineering is featured in the Michigan News: Setting the desks free: How flexible classrooms impact learning, teaching
Rooms with Movable Furniture: Availability and Features
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All furniture in these rooms can be easily wheeled around or folded/nested as needed. Instructors can create a variety of layouts specific to their class needs, ranging from rows for traditional lectures, pods for group collaboration, and larger clusters or circles for whole-class discussions.
There is no inherent or default furniture layout. Instructors can teach their students o how they would like the room configured, and students can arrange the furniture as needed before the start of each class.
Use of Wall-Mounted Monitors
Many rooms have wall-mounted monitors around the periphery. Students and instructors can connect their devices to the monitors in a few ways:
- Instructor computer or tablet:
- HDMI at the lectern
- Wirelessly via AirPlay (for Apple devices) or AirParrot (for non-Apple devices)
- Student laptop via HDMI at each wall-mounted monitor
- CAEN desktop computers in the room, where available
Instructor Use of Monitors
Instructors use the touch panel on the lectern to send their source to the monitors. This is done by pressing one of the buttons under the Student Displays column:
Note: In most rooms, if the projector is being used along with the monitors, both must show the same source. This limitation is denoted on the touch screen with a chain-link icon between the Projector and Student Displays columns.
Student Use of Monitors
There is a button-based interface at each student station monitor that is used to select the monitor source:
Students can press these buttons at any time to switch the monitor source, and the button lights up to show which source is active. If none of the buttons are lit, the monitor turned off after a period of no signal (often 15 minutes). Pressing any of the buttons will power it back on.
Note that rooms without CAEN computers at each student monitor omit that button from the interface: