Dreamery-hosted events since Summer 2017
Penn State courses used the Dreamery in the 2019-20 academic year
Empower your dreams of improving education
Affordability, academic integrity, teaching efficacy, student performance, and overall productivity are just some of the challenges facing higher education institutions. Some have been around as long as teaching and learning, while others have a more modern slant. Teaching and Learning with Technology’s mission is to find solutions to these challenges in order to transform, in positive and lasting ways, how teaching and learning happen at Penn State and beyond.
The Dreamery, located on the ground level of Shields Building, opened in December 2016 and serves as the de facto headquarters of TLT’s mission. In this one space students, faculty, and staff can use multiple new and emerging technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, rapid prototyping with littleBits, and more. Whether a visitor is attending one of the dozens of workshops held annually in the Dreamery or visiting on their own time, there are ample opportunities to uncover how technology can help overcome higher education’s human hurdles.
The Dreamery is also a versatile space where virtually every piece of furniture is mobile. Chairs, tables, whiteboards, and monitors can all be arranged in configurations that showcase how learning spaces can be more active and collaborative. Thanks to this versatility, the Dreamery is able to host workshops, presentations, demonstrations, class sessions, and more.
During Spring 2018, the Dreamery hosted a customized internship. In the final semester of her senior year, Spenta Bamji researched and demonstrated virtual reality apps that could transform how anatomy and physiology courses are taught. Her experience at the Dreamery cemented her desire to pursue a career in anatomy education and illuminated the path she would take as a graduate student.
TLT’s staff is full of experts in creative learning, emerging media, faculty development, instructional design, and more. They’re able to provide robust support to any Penn State faculty, student, or staff member who wants to utilize the Dreamery to investigate how technology can transform education.
Emerging Technology Exploration Request:
The Dreamery is an excellent place for hands-on experience with emerging technology that can positively impact teaching and learning. Penn State faculty who are searching for recommendations, advice, and help with their ideas or projects centered on emerging technology can fill out this form. The staff at TLT is eager to field your questions and collaborate in creative ways.
What the Deck Request:
What the Deck is a card-based game that is designed to deliver specific learning objectives in a classroom setting. Players will think critically about technology’s impact on day-to-day life, weigh pros and cons of specific technology, and tell a reflection-based story. Penn State faculty can learn more about the game and request a facilitated play session by filling out this form.
Explore Other Learning Spaces Projects
Cutting-edge digital displays, interactive technologies, and moveable furniture join together in 101 Althouse Laboratory to create an experimental classroom where innovation and excellence meet.
There is a learning space at University Park designed specifically for 360° video creation and viewing as well as other immersive technology and experiences – the Immersive Experience (IMEX) Lab.