Digital Classroom Roadshow 2016-2017 From the University of Lincoln
“During January and early February 2017, the Jisc
Digital Classroom Roadshow was hosted in the
Orange Room of the university’s Think Tank. 
Excellent support from both Estates and ICT were integral to the roadshow’s physical
installation and connection to the university’s Eduroam network, with the latter providing a
100% stable and high-performance environment throughout the roadshow.
In addition to teaching and seminars, utilisation of the Digital Classroom Roadshow
included committee meetings, internal staff development events, team meetings, and drop-
in sessions, that would all be able to contribute to conversation on the future planning and
potential wider adoption of digital learning spaces.
Overall, there was a positive response with numerous calls for the creation of similar
learning spaces, and the roadshow reinforced a need for both pedagogical and technical developments that would be required to underpin such deployments
successfully.
Feedback produced a wide range of opinions, from “This digital classroom created greater student engagement, encouraged student production and allow other
devices (phones and tablets) to be used to actively contribute rather than distract,” to “Although I think this technology is useful for some work with students, I
think it ignores the fact that older methods of teaching such as using a whiteboard and marker pen are just as good in most context and sometimes even better
than all this fancy technology on offer.”
Similarly, a wide range of pre-existing digital capabilities exist as some feedback found the technology “too complicated and the interfaces too unintuitive,” whilst
others evaluated the same equipment as “very positive, easy to use and effective,” and, “I liked the device-agnostic nature of the system.  This goes a long way
with regards to inclusivity, and to enable a wider range of digital collaborators.”
In terms of providing a fully-configured evaluation environment that colleagues from right across the campus could fully evaluate, and such feedback and ideas
could be solicited from, the Digital Classroom Roadshow was a great asset to our planning and future potential deployment of such spaces at Lincoln.” Andy Beggan - Dean of Digital Education From the University of Kent
“The roadshow has proven hugely valuable to the University
and has delivered something that we have struggled to achieve
ourselves. We have had positive responses across the board
from staff and students that have engaged with the space, and
it has inspired a lot of schools to start thinking about their
teaching spaces.
The roadshow provides a very user friendly but effective and robust system, and has given
many across the University a frame of reference when thinking about new and redeveloped
teachings spaces.
I’m in the planning stages to replicate the roadshow setup with some tweaks to two of our
spaces from next year, and we have a queue of academics signed up to use it.
Thank you for putting it all together!”
James Thompson, Service Development Manager, Information Services From the University of Dundee
“University of Dundee hosted the digital classroom
roadshow during June 2017.  We were the only
Scottish venue and we embraced the opportunity to
build on our reputation with regard to excellent
teaching quality and student experience. Dundee is
in the top ten in the UK for both key measures in the Good University Guide analysis.
We were fortunate to secure Scrymgeour Hall, prior to work commencing on converting this
into a new Student Hub.  The IT Department brought forward provision of high speed
wireless access points and wired network infrastructure.  The collaborative desks and teaching
lectern fitted well into the space and the technology worked extremely well for the duration of
its installation.
Duncan was a very engaging, knowledgeable and helpful presenter and his facilitation of the sessions was key to the events overall success.
Over 150 colleagues from across the University attended internal sessions.  This included a mix from IT, AV, Timetabling, Estates, Strategic Planning, Learning
Technology, Library & Learning Centre and Learning & Teaching.  We were also joined by colleagues from a large number of other H.E. Institutions for the external
workshops.
Feedback was extremely positive and our Strategic Planning Department even held a two day event, utilising the Technology prior to the end of the Roadshow. 
We have identified a number of areas where we are introducing elements of the collaboration technology including our Main Library Refurbishment, Dental
Hospital Collaborative Lecture Theatre upgrade and various meeting rooms and hub areas.” Douglas McLeod - Learning Spaces Product Engineer - UoD IT
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Digital Classroom Roadshow 2016-2017 From the University of Lincoln
“During January and
early February 2017,
the Jisc Digital
Classroom Roadshow was hosted in the Orange Room of
the university’s Think Tank.  Excellent support from both
Estates and ICT were integral to the roadshow’s physical
installation and connection to the university’s Eduroam
network, with the latter providing a 100% stable and
high-performance environment throughout the roadshow.
In addition to teaching and seminars, utilisation of the
Digital Classroom Roadshow included committee
meetings, internal staff development events, team
meetings, and drop-in sessions, that would all be able to
contribute to conversation on the future planning and
potential wider adoption of digital learning spaces.
Overall, there was a positive response with numerous calls
for the creation of similar learning spaces, and the
roadshow reinforced a need for both pedagogical and
technical developments that would be required to
underpin such deployments successfully.
Feedback produced a wide range of opinions, from “This
digital classroom created greater student engagement,
encouraged student production and allow other devices
(phones and tablets) to be used to actively contribute
rather than distract,” to “Although I think this technology
is useful for some work with students, I think it ignores
the fact that older methods of teaching such as using a
whiteboard and marker pen are just as good in most
context and sometimes even better than all this fancy
technology on offer.”
Similarly, a wide range of pre-existing digital capabilities
exist as some feedback found the technology “too
complicated and the interfaces too unintuitive,” whilst
others evaluated the same equipment as “very positive,
easy to use and effective,” and, “I liked the device-
agnostic nature of the system.  This goes a long way with
regards to inclusivity, and to enable a wider range of
digital collaborators.”
In terms of providing a fully-configured evaluation
environment that colleagues from right across the campus
could fully evaluate, and such feedback and ideas could
be solicited from, the Digital Classroom Roadshow was a
great asset to our planning and future potential
deployment of such spaces at Lincoln.” Andy Beggan - Dean of Digital Education From the University of Kent
“The roadshow has proven hugely valuable to the
University and has delivered something that we have
struggled to achieve ourselves. We have had positive
responses across the board from staff and students that
have engaged with the space, and it has inspired a lot of
schools to start thinking about their teaching spaces.
The roadshow provides a very user friendly but effective
and robust system, and has given many across the
University a frame of reference when thinking about new
and redeveloped teachings spaces.
I’m in the planning stages to replicate the roadshow setup
with some tweaks to two of our spaces from next year,
and we have a queue of academics signed up to use it.
Thank you for putting it all together!”
James Thompson, Service Development Manager,
Information Services From the University of Dundee
“University of Dundee hosted the digital classroom
roadshow during June 2017.  We were the only Scottish
venue and we embraced the opportunity to build on our
reputation with regard to excellent teaching quality and
student experience. Dundee is in the top ten in the UK for
both key measures in the Good University Guide analysis.
We were fortunate to secure Scrymgeour Hall, prior to
work commencing on converting this into a new Student
Hub.  The IT Department brought forward provision of
high speed wireless access points and wired network
infrastructure.  The collaborative desks and teaching
lectern fitted well into the space and the technology
worked extremely well for the duration of its installation.
Duncan was a very engaging, knowledgeable and helpful
presenter and his facilitation of the sessions was key to
the events overall success.
Over 150 colleagues from across the University attended
internal sessions.  This included a mix from IT, AV,
Timetabling, Estates, Strategic Planning, Learning
Technology, Library & Learning Centre and Learning &
Teaching.  We were also joined by colleagues from a large
number of other H.E. Institutions for the external
workshops.
Feedback was extremely positive and our Strategic
Planning Department even held a two day event, utilising
the Technology prior to the end of the Roadshow.  We
have identified a number of areas where we are
introducing elements of the collaboration technology
including our Main Library Refurbishment, Dental Hospital
Collaborative Lecture Theatre upgrade and various
meeting rooms and hub areas.” Douglas McLeod - Learning Spaces Product Engineer - UoD IT