Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Classroom of the Future

I’ve been engaged over the last day in a process looking at how we might consider remodeling our classrooms, or to use a more appropriate term, our learning environments. We’ve brought together students, faculty, administrators and IT specialists in an attempt to discuss what we might do and what is is possible we can do.

Let me ask this question: if you could have the classroom of your dreams, what would you want in it? Would it have an interactive whiteboard, or perhaps a screen that runs the entire wall and can be moved via touching it? Would it link classroom computers to the AV system? Would it allow you to generate your own video clips for upload? Would it do away with the Crestron units in the classroom in lieu of something else more responsive?

How does an institution go about planning change? It engages is people int eh process, seeks their input and then deals with the reality of finances, infrastructure, changing personnel, and so on. One needs to think long-term with such planning.

Palmer College as it is today will not be the Palmer College we see in 10 years. The world is changing, and we need to be responsive to how people learn, what students expect and what best practices tell us about teaching healthcare. It will be an interesting journey.

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