The pen, the desk and even the way we take notes have all had significant advancements throughout the years, so why hasn't the classroom? The classroom has always been at the focal point of learning. It is where lectures are held and teachers explain concepts beyond what can be adequately explained by a book. Typically, a professor gives a lecture, while the students come and go taking notes on their laptops or tablets. But there is no real interactivity in between the students and the professors or responsiveness between their devices. What if there was a better way? Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, specifically the Chemical Engineering department plan to change that.
Students who learn better by working through the problem, (kinesthetic learners) are on the rise and what better way to accommodate this change by updating the classroom? On August 15th, the Chemical Engineering school plans to unveil one of the most interactive Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) in the Big 12. This revolutionary classroom, brought to life by local company Aspen Custom Electronics, will feature: interactive projectors, control touch panels, digital audio processing, and most importantly wireless interactive capabilities for both professors and students. The video and control is being provided by industry leader, Crestron Electronics. “I am very impressed with Oklahoma State and especially Dr. Whiteley for trying to improve the interactivity of the classroom. Dr. Whiteley’s vision of the classroom embraces technology to enhance the learning process” said President and Founder of Aspen Custom Electronics, Matt Hall.
Of all the numerous capabilities for interactivity that are available, the annotation abilities are by far the most advanced. The classroom not only allows students to write on the screen, but also allows for students and professor’s devices to speak to each other. Each projector screen can have up to four different devices shown at once. What makes this particular ACL especially unique is the ability to annotate on any projection screen and have it show up on another projection on the other side of the room in real time, as well as updating the projected computer simultaneously. Afterwards, you can have that same annotation sent to all of the students laptops in the room.
Although the classroom is already booked for the upcoming semester, it will have availability in the Spring. The University is excited to unveil this new technology for students and future cowboys. The “Classroom of the Future” will be in use starting the first day of school, August 15, 2016. Follow the progress being made with the Aspen Custom Electronics at https://twitter.com/Aspen_CE, #OkStateChemE and #OSU_COTF