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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces: A Mixed-Methods Investigation

Office of Information Technology | www.umn.edu/oit


Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

There is currently great interest in learning spaces:

MIT’s TEAL project

NCSU’s SCALE-UP project

Minnesota’s Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) project

Innovative Learning SpacesIntroduction

SCALE-UP Space

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesIntroduction

BioSci 64 –

an Active

Learning

Classroom at Minnesota

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Innovative learning spaces overall research question

Innovative Learning SpacesOverall research question

  • To what extent, if any, do formal and informal learning environments shape teaching and learning practices and student learning outcomes?

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

ALC findings:

strongly positive attitudes

perceptions of usefulness

change in relationship between students and faculty, and among students

Innovative Learning SpacesPilot research, 2007-2008

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

ALC findings:

greater use of collaborative, student-centered learning activities

importance of round tables

Innovative Learning SpacesPilot research, 2007-2008

(http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/transform/february2009/active.html)

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Fall 2008 courses:

Writ 3562: Technical and Professional Writing

PSTL 1131: Principles of Biological Sciences

FSoS 3101: Personal and Family Finances

Also studied informal spaces

Innovative Learning SpacesMain research, 2008-2009

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Used a mixture of methodologies:

quasi-experimental design

single-group pre-post measures design

qualitative case study design

Innovative Learning SpacesMain research, 2008-2009

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Innovative learning spaces main research 2008 2009

Innovative Learning SpacesMain research, 2008-2009

Used a mixture of data collection methods:

Traditional

Written tests

Faculty interviews, student focus groups

Class observations

Innovative

Student assignment logs

Photo surveys

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesPsTL 1131: Principles of Biological ScienceTraditional classroom Active learning classroom

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Innovative learning spaces fsos 3101 personal and family finances active learning classroom

Innovative Learning Spaces FSoS 3101: Personal and Family FinancesActive learning classroom

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Participant photos

Participant Photos

Innovative Learning SpacesInformal learning

spaces

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Participant photos1

Participant Photos

Innovative Learning SpacesInformal learning

spaces

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Conducted by course research teams, which included:

Faculty member

Research professional

Undergraduate student

Innovative Learning SpacesMain research, 2008-2009

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesQuestions?

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Controls

Time

Approach to instruction

Material covered

Assignments

Characteristics of students

Treatment

Traditional classroom versus ALC

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

  • Does classroom type (traditional versus ALC) make a difference in students’ levels of scientific literacy?

  • Does classroom type make a difference in students’ ability to learn?

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

  • Scientific Literacy Assessment

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

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Innovative learning spaces research findings pstl 1131

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

  • Exogenous data

    • ACT composite scores significantly different by section

    • Student populations otherwise similar

  • Outcome data

    • Course grades statistically identical between sections

  • What, if anything, accounts for this discrepancy?


Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: PsTL 1131

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: FSoS 3101

  • Developed assessment and evaluation instruments

    • Individual assignments

    • Course outcomes

  • Financial Behavior Assessment

    • 24 item instrument

    • 7 key financial behavior dimensions

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: FSoS 3101

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: FSoS 3101

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: Informal Spaces

  • General characteristics

  • Study characteristics

  • Study diversions

  • Open-ended self-evaluation

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: Informal Spaces

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: Informal Spaces

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesResearch findings: Informal Spaces

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Innovative technology enhanced learning spaces a mixed methods investigation

Innovative Learning SpacesQuestions?

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Acknowledging our partners

Acknowledging our Partners

Leadership and Vision

Linda Jorn, Director, Digital Media Center, Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Student Researchers

Tabinda Hasan, Actuarial Science

Tim Quan, Environment Design

Kevin Race, Scientific and Technical Communication

Lexi Schmidt, Psychology

Faculty Participants

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Writing Studies

Jay Hatch, Post Secondary Teaching and Learning

Catherine Solheim, Family Social Science

Office of Classroom Management

Steve Fitzgerald, Director

John Knowles, Instructional Technology Coordinator

Jeremy Todd, Classroom Planner

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Lsr resources

LSR Resources

  • Foster, N. F, & Gibbons, S. (2007). Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved August 11, 2008, from http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/downloadables/Foster-Gibbons_cmpd.pdf

  • Lomas, C. & Oblinger, D.C. Student practices and their impact on learning spaces. In Oblinger, D. G. (Ed.). Learning spaces. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved August 11, 2008, from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB7102e.pdf.

  • Montgomery, T. (2008). Space matters: Experiences of managing static formal learning spaces. Active Learning in Higher Education, 9, 122-138.

  • Oblinger, D.G. (2006). Space as a change agent. In Oblinger, D. G. (Ed.). Learning spaces. EDUCAUSE.   Retrieved August 11, 2008, from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB7102a.pdf.

  • University of Minnesota Active Learning Classrooms Pilot Evaluation Team. (2008). Active learning classrooms pilot evaluation: Fall 2007 findings and recommendations. University of Minnesota. Retrieved October 8, 2008, from http://dmc.umn.edu/activelearningclassrooms/alc2007.pdf.

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Thank you

Thank you!

D. Christopher Brooks, Ph.D., Research Fellow, OIT ([email protected])

J.D. Walker, Ph.D., Manager, Research & Evaluation, OIT ([email protected])

Aimee Whiteside, Ph.D., Research Fellow, OIT ([email protected])

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