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Collaboration Key to Greenlaw 101 Renovation


Leveraging its shared staffing arrangement with the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE), ITS played a key role building faculty consensus on design principles for a renovation of Greenlaw 101. A planning group led by Bob Henshaw, ITS liaison to the CFE, worked with more than two dozen faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to identify key instructional goals and decide on a final design.

 

Greenlaw 101 was transformed into a 102-seat classroom with a middle ramp that splits three tiers into six learning zones populated with moveable tablet-arm seats on casters.

Project architects looked to the ITS Classroom Hotline for technology solutions that would support the design goals. The Greenlaw renovation provided Hotline staff with an opportunity to explore emerging solutions in several areas, including flat-panel and mobile-wireless display. As they do for all of the University’s general purpose classrooms, Hotline staff members worked with instructors teaching in Greenlaw 101 to orient them to the classroom’s technology and to troubleshoot any issues.

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[slide title=”Greenlaw 101″ image=”https://itsannualreport1516.sites.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/292/2016/07/Miguel-La-Serna-2.jpg”]Miguel La Serna teaches history in Greenlaw 101.[/slide]
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ITS and CFE also partnered to lead the evaluation and assessment component of the project. They shared preliminary findings at the annual meeting of the Educause Learning Initiative in February 2016. At least one paper on the final results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal later this year.

Greenlaw 101 began as a lecture hall with 150 stadium-style seats and drab aesthetics. Greenlaw 101 was transformed into a 102-seat classroom with a middle ramp that splits three tiers into six learning zones populated with moveable tablet-arm seats on casters. Eye contact between students is now the norm, instructors can interact directly with all individual students and groups, and transition between lecture and active learning is seamless. Technology includes a center video wall, master room controls in the front and back and in each zone, an 80-inch monitor and HDMI and VGA inputs for laptop connections, which students use to display content from their own devices.

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