Pilot Multimodal Classroom Recommendations

This document outlines recommendations for installing a set of multimodal classrooms to pilot during the 2021-22 academic year. The recommendations come from a group consisting of representatives from Agriculture & Natural Resources, Arts & Letters, Broad College of Business, College of Education, College of Natural Science, MSU Hub, MSU IT, and MSU Libraries.

The following criteria were used to select the recommended rooms. The 25 Live system was used to gather information about the rooms and current schedules. MSU IT provided an initial list of rooms that met prerequisite conditions (e.g. technology compatibility) for installation this summer.

  1. Geographically located in diverse areas of campus, all of which contain dense course scheduling.
  2. Rooms have a diversity of course types they are serving, both in terms of course codes, level, and likely pedagogical styles.
  3. None of the rooms are exactly the same, so there is variety within this experiment.
  4. Each room follows one of the archetypes of MSU’s classroom design so that the experiment can be scaled in future years to similar rooms.
  5. Each room had at least one instructor scheduled who we anticipated or knew would be willing to participate in evaluating the room.
  6. Each room has some open time in which to schedule another course, or single course sessions if faculty scheduled elsewhere seek access to a HyFlex room.
  7. Each room is in a location used by Colleges that are already collaborating to support faculty adoption of edtech and tech-mediated learning.

The EDLI team will be working with the instructional support teams, faculty, the Hub, and IT to do an evaluation and assessment of how the technology/setup of the rooms helped courses become multimodal. Specifically evaluating variables such as faculty load alleviated and created through technology introduction, support faculty required, how faculty utilized the technology, what made the courses multimodal, as well as how the resulting pedagogies used to impact the student experience. 

Note: This is only looking at Fall 2021 courses, Spring 2022 will be something that we work toward over Summer 2021.

Room 1 – NS 116 (lecture oriented seating)

Max Capacity: 130

Distancing Capacity: 25

Why this room?

This room would give us a traditional layout for a course to see how hyflex strategies work.

Room 2 – EBH 310 (REAL Classroom)

Max Capacity: 36

Distancing Capacity: 16

Why this room?

One faculty member already scheduled to teach in this room is an EDLI fellow focusing on multimodal teaching methods so he could practice this immediately. Additionally, this will give an opportunity to imagine multimodal uses of REAL classrooms on campus. 

Room 3 – BCC N124 (Node Chair room)

Max Capacity: 40

Distancing Capacity: 21

Why this room? 

This room has fully moveable seating, multiple displays, and diverse course offerings (e.g. grad and undergrad).

Room 4 – EH 128

Max Capacity: 36

Distancing Capacity: 18

Why this room? 

Education faculty already made use of hybrid teaching solutions even before the pandemic so they potentially would benefit from this room. The room is centrally located. The room may be cheaper to update as it already has three displays. Movable furniture and chairs.

Room 5 – PSS A148

Max Capacity: 43

Distancing Capacity: 12
Why this room?

It is used by two colleges, grad, and undergrad, diversity of courses scheduled, considerable open hours, and geographic location would make it accessible to programs distant from the center of campus.

Room 6 – 175 COM

Max Capacity: 34

Distancing Capacity: 10

Why this room? 

This room provides space for a large number of course types and provides a space on the southwest side of campus for this technology. 

Contributors: Scott Schopieray, David Howe, Brendan Guenther, Terri Miller, Stephen Thomas, Jeremy VanHof, Michael Zakhem.

Scott Schopieray

Dr. Scott Schopieray is the Assistant Dean for Academic and Research Technology in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. He is a core team member of the Enhanced Digital Learning Initiative (EDLI) where he focuses on institutional strategy, motivation to teach with technology, and technological structures to support digital teaching and learning. Dr. Schopieray is also Associate Director of MESH Research, a center focusing on the future of digital scholarly publishing.