Overview and Purpose of ALEC
The Active Learning Engagement Classroom (ALEC) is located in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, in rm. 1268 (on the 1st floor). Designed in the fall of 2017, ALEC enables faculty to engage with innovative teaching technologies paired with pedagogical advancement in a real classroom environment. ALEC provides a research-based approach to teaching instructors new technologies by implementing the EDUCAUSE versatile classroom model. Faculty can test ideas in ALEC in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning staff to determine what new technologies best support their instruction.
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers open houses on the use of ALEC throughout the year. Individuals and groups interested in learning about ALEC can schedule a time with CTL by contacting Mike Jeffries.
Faculty interested in teaching in the ALEC need to submit a request to Mike Jeffries using the ALEC CLASSROOM REQUEST FORM. (Either click on form title, or copy https://goo.gl/HKc71Y into your browser)
ALEC Use Guidelines
ALEC is intended for faculty teaching an entire semester, enabling the faculty to have consistent and continuous experiences teaching in an active learning environment.
Requests to use ALEC for less than a semester may be made. However, full semester requests will take priority.
All requests, including full semester, partial semester, and adhoc (one time) use must submit the ALEC CLASSROOM REQUEST FORM.
Faculty who have never taught in the ALEC room before will have priority over faculty who have. Faculty who want to teach in ALEC again may submit a request and will be put on a waiting list.
Class size is limited to a maximum of 28 students.
All uses of ALEC require faculty to complete training prior to teaching in ALEC. As a result, please allow plenty of time prior to first use (2 weeks is highly recommended) to complete training. TRAINING IS GOOD FOR ONE YEAR (unless there are technology changes significant enough to require additional training).
As an active learning environment, faculty are expected to use active learning techniques. CTL staff are able to guide and facilitate use of these techniques based on the student learning outcomes of the course/class.
At the end of each semester, faculty and students will be asked to complete a brief online survey about their experiences. Faculty and students will be given the opportunity to make suggestions for improvement in the ALEC room.
Main Instructional DisplayWhat is it? An 80” Newline Interactive Multi-Touch monitor with on-board computer A Mersive Solstice Pod
Two Active Learning Displays
Integrated Room Controller
How ALEC supports institutional priorities and / or KPI’s Directly supports future-focused academics Provides an Active Learning environment that enables richer learning experiences for students Provides technology components supporting group work Supports BYOD, which can be displayed on any of the multiple monitors Allows academic productivity where faculty can improve pedagogy that supports active student learning