C21U Opens New Innovation Lab


August 12, 2014

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) has opened a new Studio/Innovation Lab located in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building.

The digitally enabled classroom and production studio is jointly managed by C21U and Georgia Tech Professional Education on behalf of the Provost. The space offers the ultimate studio experience for faculty and instructors producing MOOC content and experimenting with innovative educational approaches.

The lab allows instructors to experiment with new forms of blended or flipped classrooms. It also allows for interaction with an external group, and is ideal for presentations, interviewing remote experts, and bridging global classrooms.

“This facility is intended as an experimental laboratory for pedagogical innovation,” said Rich DeMillo, director of C21U. “If there are things you want to try as a Georgia Tech faculty member, come to us with your ideas and let's talk. We're looking for innovative things that can't be done in other classrooms.”

“One obvious example is to use the space for flipped classrooms. It will enable instructors to watch what students do in such an environment and allow for the possibility to capture a lot of learning data and relate them to pedagogy,” he added.

The Klaus studio works in tandem with the main production complex for interactive instructional media at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Tech Square. While the studios are similarly outfitted with many shared features, each possesses its own unique menu of extra options.

The state of the art facility includes a highly connected classroom, control room, and broadcast quality studio, as well as a dedicated support team. At this time there is no cost for faculty to use the space.

Interested parties should email schedule [at] c21u [dot] gatech [dot] edu for more information on touring the space or to make a reservation for its use.