NIE collaborative classroom data
Posted March 7, 2011on:
I am part of a research group that is investigating mobile learning in NIE. One of the components is the impact of the environment in such a venture. One such environment in NIE is our prototype collaborative classroom, an example of which is shown above.
There are five such classrooms at the moment and the plan is to convert the classrooms at the ground level to this less traditional format.
We asked the tutors assigned to these classrooms what they thought about the facilities there (see below). The scale is 1 for “not useful at all” (orange) and 5 for “very useful” (green). The easy way to interpret the chart is “green is good”.
The items rated most highly were wireless Internet access (4.51 out of 5), group-seating arrangement (4.49) and power supply (4.41). The least valued items were the visualizer (3.98) and the IWB (3.29).
I am glad that the tutors favoured the features that help make the classroom potentially more connected and collaborative. The IWB and visualizer do not do much to challenge pedagogy.
I would add that you don’t need an elaborate room to do this. All you need in terms of infrastructure are a good wireless network and mobile devices. Most existing classroom furniture will do, but having a flexible layout does send a subtle message to all who use the room.