Faculty Engagements in the 2017-2018 Academic Year
Student Engagements Annually
Enhanced Teaching and Learning in a Dynamic Space
What makes the Bluebox so flexible? To start, there is no “front” of the room. All four walls are “share walls” that can be written on with dry-erase markers. Every piece of furniture inside the space is mobile, a feature that offers a virtually unlimited array of configurations. With this ability, instructors can create myriad team-based, collaborative learning environments.
The highlight of the Bluebox, however, is the eight-panel, fully-interactive Planar display. Students and instructors can connect to the panel wirelessly via iOS, Android, Mac, and PC devices. This makes any and all content produced during a course sharable. Also, because the display is comprised of eight panels it can be divided into smaller individual screens or used as one large screen.
TLT’s learning spaces team and Penn State faculty who teach in the Bluebox engage in iterative cycles of teaching, reflection, adjustment, and more teaching. Together we discover new pedagogies, determine best practices, and contribute to the growing national discourse on effective learning spaces.
Collaborative configurations of furniture
Interactive display wall
In the Bluebox, we have collected data in ways that are both traditional, like surveys and focus groups, and also in ways that are creative and novel. Two of the latter approaches are Flashbacks and Re-Captures. Flashbacks are weekly prompts delivered to faculty via