Technology Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms
A TEAL classroom combines Active Learning principles researched and used at MIT with Technology Enhancements. Combining the two has shown benefit to collaborative work, giving students a deeper understanding of presented materials. The TEAL space allows for group discussion, instant research, and a common space to share ideas.
TEAL space in an AE program could expand traditional learning spaces in three ways. First it allows demonstration space when working with small groups and one-on-one instruction. Second technology enabled areas are at the ready answer student questions. Third students can independently answer their questions (with technology or traditional media) and readily share the information with peers.
Having space at the ready to quickly share and explore insights make TEAL work space ideal to student centered instruction.
University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library sports a “Learning Commons” that utilizes collaborative work principles to allow students to share ideas, in the video watch specifically from the beginning – 0:34, and 2:37 – end, and look at how students are learning together.
Here is the information from the TEAL Classroom presentation:
TEAL Classroom presentation, AAACE Conference 2013, Lexington, KY.
Marilyn Lockhart, Director for Faculty Excellence, MSU Bozeman
Lindsey Jackson, Graduate Research Assistant, MSU Bozeman