What students are saying:
“Loved the number of screens. Everything was very visible. Easy to follow.”
“The furniture and technology made the room seem livelier than regular wooden tables would have. If I had a group project to work on, I would make sure to come here.”
“The tablets allowed us to follow the lecture easier because we better remembered the steps by doing it ourselves.”
“Projection from tablets to TV screens was amazing.”
“All I have to say is that the instruction and new space created a wonderful learning experience.”
These are just a few of the student comments we’ve received in response to our end-of-class student surveys for class sessions in the new, grant-funded Flynn Discovery & Collaboration Space (DisCo). We’ve also reached out to Faculty to get their feedback on the new space.
What Faculty are saying:
“The renovations have made the space much more lively and useful. During the library session for my ‘Americans Abroad’ class, students were able to engage directly in research that would have been much slower and more cumbersome before. Thanks to the renovations, one minute they could work individually on their tablets and the next collaboratively with their group, using the white boards and the display screens to share ideas, all without long waits or stressful technical difficulties. Plus there’s a disco ball!” – Sarah Gracombe, Associate Professor of English
“For years I have discussed with my students the importance of ‘collaboration’ in order to accomplish a greater good, particularly in the health care world. The need to share and not operate in silos is extremely crucial, especially as we work with the paradigm shift happening in health care. The DisCo allows that to happen more freely, and encourages sharing as soon as you walk in the room and sit down. The enhancement of the electronics in the room is a bonus which makes it even more appealing.” – Larry Lencz, Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Administration
“The DisCo has exceeded my expectations. As a class we can interact in multiple technology enabled ways. One moment we can collectively focus our attention on material presented on a large projection screen. Next, we can shift to seven separate groups each viewing their work on separate small group collaboration monitors on the wall. As needed any given groups’ work can be switched over to the large projection screen for collective discussion. The technology flexibility adds value to the classroom experience.” – Brian Glibkowski, Assistant Professor of Management & Business Adminstration
Our new space officially opened on August 20th, 2014, when we hosted two sections of ACE students for an introduction to the Library. Between August 20th and September 30th in the DisCo:
- Librarians taught 28 class sessions
- Faculty taught 5 sessions
- Approximately 446 students participated in these sessions.
We have also been asking students to take a brief survey after their classes in the DisCo. Of the students surveyed:
- 82% of those who had previous instruction in 116 said they “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” that the new technology improved their learning experience.
- 92% of those who had not had previous instruction in 116 said they “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” that the new technology improved their learning experience.
If you are interested in booking a class in the DisCo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508.565.1203. Please note that the room will continue to be very busy through the month of October, so we advise that you make your reservation early to ensure your preferred date! It’s been a very busy semester so far, so thank you to everyone who has attended classes, taught classes, and helped us to make this new space successful!