TEAL Classrooms FAQ

Show What are TEAL classrooms?

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Technology-Enhanced Active Learning classrooms are spaces that are specifically designed to facilitate active, collaborative learning activities. Similar to SCALE-UP classrooms, our TEAL classrooms have round or D-shaped tables with dedicated LCD displays and built-in A/V support that allows flexible display of video at each table and around the room. White boards and/or IdeaPaint (dry-erase paint) are provided throughout the room, so all groups have collaborative writing surfaces as well.

How many TEAL classrooms does UK have? Where are they located?

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As of Fall 2016, UK has 17 TEAL rooms in the following locations: Academic Science Building (some have a PC & document camera at each table) ASB 103, 36 seats ASB 108, 42 seats ASB 114, 42 seats ASB 139, 24 seats ASB 203, 36 seats ASB 213, 36 seats ASB 221, 132 seats ASB 231, 24 seats ASB 243, 24 seats ASB 337, 24 seats ASB 347, 24 seats ASB 357, 24 seats King Science Library (Instructional Innovation Lab) KSL 213E, 21 seats Multi-disciplinary Science Building (PC & document camera at each table) MDS 333, 36 seats The 90 The90 203, 54 seats White Hall Classroom Building CB 331, 42 seats CB 349, 42 seats

What types of classes are best suited for TEAL classrooms?

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TEAL rooms are designed for collaboration, so they are ideal spaces for classes that are primarily taught through on hands-on, active learning and group activities, or “flipped classes,” in which lectures are recorded and watched outside of class and classtime is used for individual or group activities. Because video from each table can easily be shared with all other tables, TEAL classrooms also facilitate sharing or critiques of individual or group work.

Show What types of classes are NOT good fits for TEAL classrooms?

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Classes that are primarily taught through lectures or presentations should not be held in TEAL classrooms. In many spaces, the instructor podium is located in the center of the classroom with student tables located around the outside of the room, so there is no “front” of the classroom and mini-lectures and announcements must be delivered “in the round.”

How can I request a TEAL classroom for my full semester course?

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Reservations for full semester classes should be made through the Registrar’s Office during the classroom scheduling windows each semester. Please contact your department scheduler and ask him/her to request a TEAL room for your class when the schedule for your department is sent to the Registrar.

How can I reserve a TEAL classroom for a single class, workshop, or event?

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Reservations for single visits by academic classes can be made through the Registrar’s Office at any time.

Reservations for non-academic workshops and events can be made through the Event Management Office.

What technology is available in each TEAL classroom?

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All TEAL classrooms have the following:

  • Instructor podium with built-in Windows PC, document camera, laptop A/V connection*, power outlets, and classroom technology control panel
  • A projector or wall mounted display for the instructor podium**
  • Echo360 recording capability***
  • Large video displays at each student table
  • Large whiteboard (or a wall with IdeaPaint) at each student table
  • Power and A/V connections for laptops at each student table*
  • A/V infrastructure that allows video from one or more sources to be sent to any combination of displays in the classroom

Some classrooms have additional technology, including built-in PCs at student tables and document cameras at the instructor podium or at all tables. For specific details on each room, including photos and furniture layouts, please visit the Astra (the Registrar’s classroom scheduling website) or EMS (the Event Management Office room scheduling website).

*ASB and CB classrooms have HDMI inputs only for instructor. MDSB, King, and The 90 classrooms have HDMI and VGA inputs.
**The 90 classroom does not have a dedicated display for the instructor station.
***CB 331 does not have Echo360 recording capability for Fall 2016, but it may be added in the future.

What technology training and support is available for TEAL classrooms?

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Technology training and technical support are provided by ITS A/V Services. Contact us with questions or to schedule a one-on-one meeting in your TEAL classrooms to go over all the A/V resources and controls.

What pedagogical support is available for instructors teaching in TEAL classrooms?

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Pedagogical support for instructors is provided by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). CELT’s instructional designers are available for consultations on designing and assessing new active learning activities, revamping a syllabus or assignment to take advantage of TEAL classroom resources, or any other question relating to best practices for teaching using an active learning approach.

What should I do to prepare to teach in a TEAL classroom?

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If you’ve never taught using an active learning approach before, you may want to redesign your syllabus and/or learning activities to make optimal use of the classroom environment. Contact CELT for a personalized consultation.

If you're already familiar with active learning instructional strategies and best practices, but you haven't taught in a TEAL room before, contact A/V Services to request a classroom tour and technology demo session to learn all about the technology resources available to you.

Who do I contact if I have a technology problem while teaching in a TEAL classroom?

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Technical support is provided by ITS A/V Services. Instructions are posted in each classroom with information about how to request help in case of a technical difficulty.

Are TEAL classrooms accessible for all students?

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TEAL classrooms were designed and constructed following the same accessibility laws and guidelines as standard classrooms. Students with accessibility needs should notify their instructors as soon as possible so that any necessary accommodations can be made.

What do instructors need to bring to teach class in a TEAL classroom?

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All TEAL classrooms have a Smart instructor station with a built-in Windows PC and laptop connection. Instructors bringing their own devices should also bring any video adapters needed to connect to HDMI or VGA ports.

What do my students need to bring to class in a TEAL classroom?

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Depending on the in-class activities you assign, students may wish to bring:

  • A laptop or tablet computer
  • Power cable for the laptop or tablet (especially in longer classes)
  • Video adaptors and cables to connect to HDMI or VGA ports
  • 3.5 mm audio cable

How are the TEAL classrooms being assessed by the university?

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Staff from the Office of Institutional Research, the Office of Assessment, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, and ITS are working collaboratively on a multi-faceted evaluation strategy that will include gathering feedback from instructors and students, tracking usage of technology and space, and assessing the effectiveness of TEAL rooms and instructional strategies on student learning outcomes and retention over time. The evaluation will begin during the 2016-2017 academic year, with the first report expected in late summer 2017. For more information about the evaluation strategy, contact Virginia Lacefield at virginia @ uky.edu or 859-257-3018.