Humber Classroom Redesign – Teaching Example
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Humber Classroom Redesign – Teaching Example


As part of Humber’s Classroom redesign,
we’ve introduced a more collaborative workspace. In a collaborative classroom, technology is
an anchor to encourage productivity, research, and engaging discussions. This collaborative
workspace can be utilized in various ways. The instructor may have recorded a portion
of the lecture beforehand, and uploaded it to their Blackboard site for students to watch
during the week. When students arrive to class, the instructor will have a brief PowerPoint
presentation on the screen at the front. Or, could display on all screens, so that
the students may sit in group-form right away. The teacher can review, or elaborate on the
lesson plan, and then introduce the in-class assignment. The in-class assignment could
involve the students researching the subject, using the Internet to investigate the information,
and study the topic in different forms of media. The instructor can hand over control
of the wall-mounted screens to the students, who can then share, and display their findings
to the entire class. Students can connect, and display their own devices, such as a laptop
or tablet on the wall-mounted screen to begin searching as a group. This will promote group discussions between
group members, and each will bring their own unique perspective to the topic, as well as
their own approach to research. The students can switch between gathering information on
their own devices, presenting it on their wall-mounted screens to the group, and taking
notes individually, or as a group on the whiteboard. This ongoing fluidity of activity and discussion,
allows for modern learning to flourish. If a group find a particularly interesting video,
or website, and would like to share it with the entire class, the instructor can then
broadcast that one source to another group’s screen, or to all of the screens in the room.
After the video has been shared, control of individual screens can be returned to
each group. By focusing on the lesson at home, and freeing
up class time for more projects and discussion-based work, this instructor has implemented the
flipping the class method, this collaborative classroom model allows for more engaged student
experience.

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