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The active learning space transforms the student learning experience.

The active learning space transforms the student learning experience.

Digital active learning space launched on campus

Demos of new space take place Oct. 5 and 6

October 3, 2017 — 

The world’s first ever active learning space featuring Sony Vision Exchange will be launched by UM Libraries at the Albert D. Cohen Management Library. Sony Vision Exchange is a new collaborative digital learning solution.

The active learning space transforms the student learning experience by allowing peer-to-peer learning on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as well as opportunities for the instructor/librarian to offer real-time feedback to students on class-based assignments or exercises. Unlike a traditional lecture style classroom, the digital platform affords dynamic group discussion and instructor feedback in a flexible seating environment.

Collaboration takes place through pod-sharing, a feature of Vision Exchange that allows groups of students to mirror their personal work from their device to one of three display monitors and work through problems in a visual manner. Students have the ability to highlight and comment on their collaborative work or take snapshots of the work for later review.

The instructor/librarian can control which group content is being viewed across all monitors and can make annotations and comments. This top-level feedback may be shared across all group pods or narrowed down to a specific pod requiring more guidance from the instructor.  

Afra Bolefski, acting head of the Albert D. Cohen Management Library, Mary-Jo Romaniuk, university librarian and Robert Legal, supervisor, learning technology solutions, infrastructure development, technology services – IST, were responsible for bringing the system to the U of M.

Bolefski notes that the active learning setting is the perfect spot to adopt pedagogical methods such as the flipped classroom or problem-based learning and could provide opportunities to enhance experiential learning.

Demos of the new space will be offered during the fall term break in 206 Drake Centre: Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. Register here.

Please contact Afra Bolefski at Afra [dot] Bolefski [at] umanitoba [dot] ca for more information.

Students can highlight and comment on their collaborative work or take snapshots of the work for later review.

Students can highlight and comment on their collaborative work or take snapshots of the work for later review.

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