The Experimental Education Environment (E3) is a new space meant to support all Michigan Tech instructors’ experimentation with instructional designs, use of instructional technology or educational media, and room or furniture arrangement. As a collaboration among the staff of the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, Information Technology’s Media Services, and the Van Pelt and Opie Library staff, instructors interested in using this space for formal instruction or informal student groups can receive support for their pedagogical ideas or challenges. With its partners, the library has developed this space to encourage faculty innovation as it evolves towards an Information and Learning Commons.
The initial start-up, supported by the Herman Miller Corporation, was based on the ideas of a group of faculty, CTL, IT, and library staff and jump-started by a student team under the leadership of Linda Wanless from the School of Technology.
For the next year, Dr. Wanless will be leading an educational research program in consort with the Herman Miller team to assess the value of the space and instructor and learner satisfaction. The space will also support testing of new technologies, media, or furniture prior to larger-scale use.
Ways to fully maximize use of this space will be developed during the coming year. To begin, a first-come, first-served method will be used; so even if your interest is tentative, don’t hesitate to book time now. Refer to the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s Experimental Education Environment webpage for more information about the using room, scheduling, orientation, the research, and more.