Trotter 201 Transformed into a Hybrid Learning Environment

Over the summer, ITS set out to extend the functionality of the learning space in Trotter 201. Based upon feedback from faculty and staff members, new furniture has been installed that can quickly transform the space from a computer classroom to a traditional discussion environment in moments.

The monitors in each workstation are attached to articulating arms that easily glide below the desk surface, removing the monitor as a distraction during more discussion based portions of a class. When it’s time to return to the computer, students can simply bring the monitors back above the desk and resume working where they left off.

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In addition to having all of the functionality of the student workstations, the instructor workstation has been re-envisioned so that it now houses the room’s A/V equipment, including the projection control panel.

The furniture in Trotter 201 has been reorganized to allow the instructor and students to walk easily throughout the space while still having access to 22 student workstations, as in past semesters. This new found freedom of movement should enhance student/faculty interaction. The current arrangement creates a space that is not only more comfortable and collaborative, but one that also enhances the disability accessibility of the room and its features.

The workstations in Trotter 201 are Dell desktop systems running Windows 7. To schedule the room for a single class or training event, use the College’s space reservation system (EMS). Faculty who would like to use Trotter 201 (or the Mac classroom, Science Center 256) as the sole classroom for a course or lab session should request the room as part of the regular scheduling process run by the Registrar’s Office.