Digital Classroom Roadshow 2015-2016 From Teesside University
“Teesside University was the first University to participate in
the national roadshow showcasing a fully configured digital
36 capacity classroom, which was designed to provide
people with an experience of the active learning
environment, exploring how this sort of learning space can contribute to enhancements in
learning and teaching. This provided a useful test bed space for staff from the University
and regional partnership institutions to explore new learning spaces that support dual
pedagogies.
The classroom clearly demonstrated some of the exciting developments in technology
enabled learning that are available to enhance the student learning experience. There were
a number of features that were available, that we currently don’t have access to, such as
screen to screen sharing, ability to control the screens from a mobile device and document sharing, which will inform our decision making as we develop learning
spaces.
The regional architects who attended an event found the session particularly useful in terms of increasing their understanding of current pedagogical imperatives
and technological solutions to support these. This has been of benefit in terms of an on-going Knowledge Transfer Partnership that the University is engaged with.” Anne Llewellyn, Principal Lecturer - Learning and Teaching, Academic Registry From Ulster University
“Ulster University is transforming higher education,
creating dynamic teaching and learning environments with
state-of-the-art facilities in the city centre. The new Belfast
campus will be open and accessible learning environment,
offering opportunities for organisations and individuals to
share city-centre facilities where businesses can
collaborate, industry can access expertise and communities can engage in spaces of
unrivalled quality. This campus will be a world-class centre for research and innovation,
facilitating creative and technological excellence. In preparation for interacting in these
new generation learning environments, a range of experimental active learning spaces are
being developed across regional campus locations to inform decisions regarding future
investments and learner-centred engagement by all stakeholders. 
The Digital Classroom Roadshow was conceived by external consultant Duncan Peberdy as a facility that would allow a greater number of people across the
campus to have hands-on experience of a fully equipped digital learning space. In Ulster, there was excellent engagement from colleagues in Learning and
Teaching, Academic Development, Estates, Timetabling, IT and AV, and the Student Experience. Workshops, presentations and discussions during the roadshow
raised awareness and discourse to consider different furniture and technology configurations that promote collaborative and active learning. 
Participants were able to bring their own wireless computing devices and experience the connectivity and usability available to enhance the student learning
experience.  Over 200 staff and students attended training sessions, workshops, teaching and discussions in the Digital Classroom and considered the use of dual
pedagogies (Active Learning and Didactic) in the same space without the need to reconfigure furniture for either to be achieved.  This has been a critical initiative
in support of our strategic Learning Landscape Change Programme, inspiring a range of innovative interdisciplinary Active Learning Projects across all faculties,
which are already delivering positive student evaluations of these digital-learning spaces.” Professor Diane Hazlett, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice From the University of the West of England
“The Digital Classroom Roadshow at the University of the West
of England (UWE) provided a very useful opportunity to raise
awareness and gain feedback from staff, students and visitors –
as well as providing a useful testing ground for technologies.
A wide range of people from across the university and beyond came along for a hands-on
experience of a fully equipped digital learning space, including academics, learning
technologists, technical staff, students and external visitors.
It provided UWE with a really useful environment to raise staff awareness and try out various
techniques for technology enhanced active learning (TEAL).
The installation helped us to identify perceived benefits and challenges - this will be useful in
planning staff development and informing decisions on pedagogical approaches and designs for
the future.
This is a really valuable and useful initiative - both for UWE, and for the wider HE sector. I would highly recommend the Digital Classroom Roadshow at UWE to be
nominated for an AV Award.”
Glenn Duckworth, Learning Technologist, Faculty of Business and Law From Lancaster University
“Lancaster University hosted
the digital classroom roadshow
in its newly refurbished library
from 7th March to 6th April 2016. Over that period a
broad range of academic, professional services and senior
management staff visited and were able to make use of the
space to experience and gain insight into the benefits afforded
by a technology enhanced, dual pedagogy learning space. In
addition to workshops that focussed on technical and
pedagogical aspects of flexible learning space design, the
opportunity for ‘live’ teaching sessions was invaluable in
gaining student perspectives on the value of this teaching environment.
Hosting the classroom on campus, with all the associated support that was provided, enabled us to see it operating within the local institutional context, integrated
with our infrastructure and processes. This, together with overwhelmingly positive feedback from all users, has enabled us to make a compelling case for
introducing similar classroom environments on campus as well as clearly defining the requirements for establishing them and has already resulted in two such
initiatives.” Phil Cheeseman, Head of Academic Services From Heriot-Watt University
“Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-
class teaching and practical, leading-edge research.   We are
Scotland's most international university with an unsurpassed
international in-country presence. We deliver degree programmes
to 31,000 students globally, have campuses in Dubai and Malaysia
and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland.
A Heriot-Watt Graduate, values, and is adept at, team-working
and collaboration.  They will also communicate in a confident, informed and inclusive way.
The JISC Digital Classroom Roadshow has provided a valuable opportunity to invite University
members, from across our entire academic community and to explore with them, the possibilities
for the use of innovative technologies, to facilitate flexible collaboration and information sharing.  
Collaborative activities are a key part of our academic programmes and the opportunity to work with novel technologies and to experiment are vital.  It has acted
as a valuable test bed for us to examine the ways in which we might embed spaces of this nature into our learning and teaching.  It’s also provided an opportunity
to examine the most appropriate ways in which to integrate wireless collaborative tools into our existing technical infrastructure.
In addition, the opportunity to meet with and to discuss common issues with colleagues from the academic community across Scotland, has been extremely
worthwhile.” Douglas Marsland, Head of Media Services, Information Services Directorate From Jisc
“Colleges and universities often lack the opportunity to experience first-hand best practice set-ups using AV in teaching.  Jisc
therefore decided to support the Digital Classroom Roadshow project, in order to show that high-quality active learning spaces
are possible without breaking the bank. The well-attended events allowed participants to use a practical and easily deployable
set-up, supporting more sophisticated methods of teaching, teamwork and collaboration in education. It was also innovative in
showing the potential of AV to a range of education roles, and even to architects. Jisc’s role is to enable the FE, HE and skills
sectors to exploit fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content and connectivity. To that end, the Digital
Classroom Roadshow was a successful and impactful demonstration of fit-for-purpose AV technology, backed by solid evidence of achievable benefits. The
participants engaged enthusiastically in their workshops, but, more significantly, there was a high-rate of follow-up requests for further information, extra
workshops, and purchases of equipment.” Jason Miles-Campbell – Head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland  
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Digital Classroom Roadshow 2015-2016 From Teesside University
“Teesside University was the
first University to participate
in the national roadshow
showcasing a fully
configured digital 36 capacity classroom, which was
designed to provide people with an experience of the
active learning environment, exploring how this sort of
learning space can contribute to enhancements in learning
and teaching. This provided a useful test bed space for
staff from the University and regional partnership
institutions to explore new learning spaces that support
dual pedagogies.
The classroom clearly demonstrated some of the exciting
developments in technology enabled learning that are
available to enhance the student learning experience.
There were a number of features that were available, that
we currently don’t have access to, such as screen to
screen sharing, ability to control the screens from a
mobile device and document sharing, which will inform
our decision making as we develop learning spaces.
The regional architects who attended an event found the
session particularly useful in terms of increasing their
understanding of current pedagogical imperatives and
technological solutions to support these. This has been of
benefit in terms of an on-going Knowledge Transfer
Partnership that the University is engaged with.” Anne Llewellyn, Principal Lecturer - Learning and Teaching, Academic Registry From Ulster University
“Ulster University is
transforming higher
education, creating dynamic
teaching and learning
environments with state-of-
the-art facilities in the city centre. The new Belfast campus
will be open and accessible learning environment, offering
opportunities for organisations and individuals to share
city-centre facilities where businesses can collaborate,
industry can access expertise and communities can
engage in spaces of unrivalled quality. This campus will be
a world-class centre for research and innovation,
facilitating creative and technological excellence. In
preparation for interacting in these new generation
learning environments, a range of experimental active
learning spaces are being developed across regional
campus locations to inform decisions regarding future
investments and learner-centred engagement by all
stakeholders. 
The Digital Classroom Roadshow was conceived by
external consultant Duncan Peberdy as a facility that
would allow a greater number of people across the
campus to have hands-on experience of a fully equipped
digital learning space. In Ulster, there was excellent
engagement from colleagues in Learning and Teaching,
Academic Development, Estates, Timetabling, IT and AV,
and the Student Experience. Workshops, presentations
and discussions during the roadshow raised awareness
and discourse to consider different furniture and
technology configurations that promote collaborative and
active learning. 
Participants were able to bring their own wireless
computing devices and experience the connectivity and
usability available to enhance the student learning
experience.  Over 200 staff and students attended training
sessions, workshops, teaching and discussions in the
Digital Classroom and considered the use of dual
pedagogies (Active Learning and Didactic) in the same
space without the need to reconfigure furniture for either
to
be achieved.  This has been a critical initiative in support
of our strategic Learning Landscape Change Programme,
inspiring a range of innovative interdisciplinary Active
Learning Projects across all faculties, which are already
delivering positive student evaluations of these digital-
learning spaces.” Professor Diane Hazlett, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice From the University of the West of England
“The Digital Classroom
Roadshow at the University
of the West of England
(UWE) provided a very
useful opportunity to raise awareness and gain feedback
from staff, students and visitors – as well as providing a
useful testing ground for technologies.
A wide range of people from across the university and
beyond came along for a hands-on experience of a fully
equipped digital learning space, including academics,
learning technologists, technical staff, students and
external visitors.
It provided UWE with a really useful environment to raise
staff awareness and try out various techniques for
technology enhanced active learning (TEAL).
The installation helped us to identify perceived benefits
and challenges - this will be useful in planning staff
development and informing decisions on pedagogical
approaches and designs for the future.
This is a really valuable and useful initiative - both for
UWE, and for the wider HE sector. I would highly
recommend the Digital Classroom Roadshow at UWE to
be nominated for an AV Award.”
Glenn Duckworth, Learning Technologist, Faculty
of Business and Law From Lancaster University
“Lancaster University hosted
the digital classroom roadshow
in its newly refurbished library from 7th
March to 6th April 2016. Over that period a broad range
of academic, professional services and senior
management staff visited and were able to make use of
the space to experience and gain insight into the benefits
afforded by a technology enhanced, dual pedagogy
learning space. In addition to workshops that focussed on
technical and pedagogical aspects of flexible learning
space design, the opportunity for ‘live’ teaching sessions
was invaluable in gaining student perspectives on the
value of this teaching environment.
Hosting the classroom on campus, with all the associated
support that was provided, enabled us to see it operating
within the local institutional context, integrated with our
infrastructure and processes. This, together with
overwhelmingly positive feedback from all users, has
enabled us to make a compelling case for introducing
similar classroom environments on campus as well as
clearly defining the requirements for establishing them
and has already resulted in two such initiatives.” Phil Cheeseman, Head of Academic Services From Heriot-Watt University
“Heriot-Watt University has
established a reputation for
world-class teaching and
practical, leading-edge
research.   We are Scotland's
most international university
with an unsurpassed
international in-country presence. We deliver degree
programmes to 31,000 students globally, have campuses
in Dubai and Malaysia and boast the largest international
student cohort in Scotland.
A Heriot-Watt Graduate, values, and is adept at, team-
working and collaboration.  They will also communicate in
a confident, informed and inclusive way.
The JISC Digital Classroom Roadshow has provided a
valuable opportunity to invite University members, from
across our entire academic community and to explore with
them, the possibilities for the use of innovative
technologies, to facilitate flexible collaboration and
information sharing.  
Collaborative activities are a key part of our academic
programmes and the opportunity to work with novel
technologies and to experiment are vital.  It has acted as
a valuable test bed for us to examine the ways in which
we might embed spaces of this nature into our learning
and teaching.  It’s also provided an opportunity to
examine the most appropriate ways in which to integrate
wireless collaborative tools into our existing technical
infrastructure.
In addition, the opportunity to meet with and to discuss
common issues with colleagues from the academic
community across Scotland, has been extremely
worthwhile.” Douglas Marsland, Head of Media Services, Information Services Directorate From Jisc
“Colleges and universities
often lack the opportunity
to experience first-hand
best practice set-ups using
AV in teaching.  Jisc
therefore decided to
support the Digital Classroom Roadshow project, in order
to show that high-quality active learning spaces are
possible without breaking the bank. The well-attended
events allowed participants to use a practical and easily
deployable set-up, supporting more sophisticated methods
of teaching, teamwork and collaboration in education. It
was also innovative in showing the potential of AV to a
range of education roles, and even to architects. Jisc’s role
is to enable the FE, HE and skills sectors to exploit fully
the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content
and connectivity. To that end, the Digital Classroom
Roadshow was a successful and impactful demonstration
of fit-for-purpose AV technology, backed by solid evidence
of achievable benefits. The participants engaged
enthusiastically in their workshops, but, more significantly,
there was a high-rate of follow-up requests for further
information, extra workshops, and purchases of
equipment.”
Jason Miles-Campbell – Head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland