As institutions review and revise their strategic plans and determine how to best market themselves, they should carefully consider how to enhance the campus experience as a space where people come together in ways that they cannot in cyberspace (or at least not yet)… How can institutions support pedagogical settings and techniques that take advantage of campus settings – seminars, laboratories, practice rooms, computer-supported classes and cooperative learning? (Weitzer, 2012)
The Incubator Classroom is a state-of-the-art learning space that has been designed to support VCU faculty members and students in their exploration and study of new learning spaces. Located in the Academic Learning Commons (ALC 4110), the Incubator Classroom contains a wide array of technologies and furniture that combine to provide unique opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. Working in partnership with ALT Lab, faculty members teaching in the space conceptualize, design and teach a course in the Incubator Classroom for an entire semester.
Design Features of the Incubator Classroom
Multiple points of projection (via flat panel video wall displays & standard retractable screens)
Raised floor with boxes for power and alternative display options
No “front of room” orientation
Flexible and highly configurable furniture
- Fixed and mobile whiteboards
Technology in the Incubator Classroom
Podium PC with two (2) computers
Standard and Smart (annotation capability) monitors at podium, supports multiple and extended display options
Two 70″ touchscreen interactive displays
- Video conferencing & Telepresence (Vidyo)
- Wireless projection capability from laptops, tablets and mobile phones (AirMedia)
- Mobile laptop cart (contains 10 MacBook Air & 10 Google ChromeBook computers)
Incubator Classroom Teaching Fellowship Program Expectations
- Faculty members whose proposals are accepted will be recognized as Teaching Fellows, who through their participation in Incubator Classroom projects, will form a community of learners and researchers.
- Prior to teaching in the Incubator Classroom, all Teaching Fellows will participate in a Teaching Fellows’ Orientation.
- Each Teaching Fellow will receive a stipend (non-salary) of $500 that can be used to support the faculty member’s project (e.g., attending project-related conferences, purchasing books, technology, etc.).
- All Teaching Fellows will participate in a community of practice which supports the open sharing of ideas and information related to advancing innovative teaching and learning practices. This can take place through occasional meetings as well as through a variety of web-based communication platforms.
- All Teaching Fellows are expected to engage in a research project that contributes to and advances our collective understanding of technology-enhanced learning spaces.
- All Teaching Fellows will be asked to share the results of their Incubator Classroom projects with the wider VCU community (presentations, publication, etc.)
Step 1 Pre-Proposal Overview
Faculty members interested in applying for the Teaching Fellowship will participate in an information session prior to submitting a proposal to gain a general understanding of the design, functionality and resources in theIncubator Classroom. (Please contact Enoch Hale to schedule an appointment)
Step 2 Proposal Submission
A complete proposal submission includes the following two items:
- A proposal with all sections outlined in the Call for Proposals document
- A letter of support from the applicant’s department chair.
All completed proposals should be submitted via email to Enoch Hale.