The Teaching Center’s Classroom Services staff, led by the Director of Classroom Services, provides expert technical support to faculty and designs state-of-the-art classrooms in which technology is as easy to use as chalk and chalkboard. The Classroom Services staff provide support for approximately 130 University-managed classrooms and evaluates and improves the design of classrooms and classroom multimedia systems–including active-learning spaces, SMART Boards, tablet PCs, and document cameras.
All of the University-managed classrooms include a multimedia system that has been designed to be intuitive, standardized, and easy for faculty to learn and use.
The Teaching Center’s approach to classroom design and support begins with an understanding of how various elements come together to shape teaching and learning, including specific teaching methods and approaches, available technology and other tools, and the physical layout of a classroom.
The Teaching Center’s Classroom Services team provides on-call classroom support and multimedia training for instructors. In addition, the Classroom Services staff works with faculty and with leaders across the Danforth Campus to improve the design, maintenance, and support of classrooms and classroom multimedia technology. This aspect of The Teaching Center’s work is developed in coordination with the Classroom Monitoring Committee (CMC), an advisory group that includes leaders from The Teaching Center, Financial Planning, Facilities Management, the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, the Office of the University Registrar, Events Services, and Summer Conferences. The Teaching Center leadership develops strategic plans for the University-managed classrooms in coordination with the CMC and the Committee for Classroom Planning Related to Undergraduate Growth.
This direct integration of classroom and teaching support allows The Teaching Center to develop intuitive, flexible classroom multimedia systems that are designed to support teaching and learning in higher education. Academic Services staff also serve as instructors in courses in different disciplines, which allows them to have first-hand experience with teaching and instructional technology so that they can provide valuable feedback to Classroom Services staff on new classroom technology and pedagogies.