Classroom Design—Lessons from the Technology Trenches

September 27, 2004
1½ Hours

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Program Overview

Beyond the instructor's skill, technology has had one of the single largest impacts in how students and faculty interact in the classroom. But the nature and boundaries of the learning space are constantly changing. Institutions are challenged to build classrooms smartly, ensuring technology supports the learning process, and that precious dollars and equipment are not wasted on learning environments that are factored late into the planning process.

To design an electronic classroom that will have viability long-term, you have to design from the inside out. Changing your perspective will help you guide your campus toward decisions that not only support the educational mission with technology, but favorably impact many other factors, from cost effectiveness and upkeep, to future proofing—ensuring that your campus classrooms will even have the capability to accommodate new technology.

Join us for this informative webcast that will bring you insights on technology-enabled classrooms from different types of institutions—from the perspective of the technology specialist. Learn what has worked—and perhaps more importantly, what has not worked—from their perspectives. The insights you gain will ease your technology planning, inform your design process, and could save you thousands of dollars in technology purchases and upkeep.

You will have the opportunity to participant in audience polls, and ask questions live during the broadcast. Participants will also receive a selection of articles and readings on technology enabled classrooms for personal reference.

Discussion Points

  • What's worked and what hasn't in designing the electronic classroom
  • What are the new planning paradigms and criteria that impact electronic classroom design?
  • Lessons architects and planners should know
  • Ways to build consensus among faculty on classroom electronic needs
  • Building communication links with architects, campus facility planners, and technology specialists early in planning
  • Operation and funding issues—how does this impact learning?

Who Should Attend?

This webcast is aimed at: campus planners, campus architects, designers, faculty, technology specialists, and others interested in supporting the teaching with technology.

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Mark Valenti is president of The Sextant Group, Inc., and an expert in integrating digital media technologies and the learning space. A communications professional for over twenty-five years, Mark's work spans more than 150 projects on more than 100 college and university campuses nationwide. He has been a member of the faculty of the Institute for Facilities Management of the Association for Higher Education Facilities Officers since 1998. He has also been a frequent presenter at SCUP conferences, the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative, the Mid-South Instructional Technologies Conference, the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference, and SIGGRAPH.


John A. Pfleiderer is video services coordinator for Cornell University, and has over 30 years in the communication industry. He has over eight years of experience in classroom technology design and installation at Miami University, and his current challenges at Cornell University focus on the convergence of AV and IT where syntheses occur in the technologies of Videoconferencing and Video Streaming. He is certified by the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA) as a Certified Technology Specialist in Design (CTS-D), and presents at InfoComm International. John serves on the ICIA Board of Governor’s and is Chair of the End User’s Council. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Miami University.

Barbara Brandt leads the Information Technology Division's Classroom Technologies Team at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Emory College Classroom Initiative Team and serves as a Freshman Advising and Mentoring Leader. Her focus is classroom design and presentation technology implementation. Barbara holds a BFA in Communications from Kutztown University and has over 15 years experience in higher education. She has served on the Visual Arts Faculty of Marywood University and Pensacola Junior College.

Bill Thomas is an Electronics Specialist at Colorado State University where he installs and provides technical support for classroom and distance learning audiovisual systems. Bill holds a CTS-I certification from the International Communications Industry Association and serves on the End Users Council and Professional Education and Training Committee. He is a past chairman of the End Users Council and adjunct faculty at Infocomm Academy. For the past three years Bill has presented seminars on Smart Classroom and Conference Room maintenance at Infocomm.

AIA Members and Continuing Education Opportunity

SCUP is a registered provider of continuing education units for the American Institute of Architects. If you are eligible to earn continuing education units from AIA, sign the AIA report form that will be sent to each listening site in advance of the program, and fax it back to the SCUP office. SCUP will submit completed session forms to AIA for you. This webcast offers 2 hours of continuing education units. Anyone attending the live broadcast may request a certificate as a record of his or her attendance.

Questions? Please contact Kathy Benton, or call 734.998.6966.