The University Classroom Oversight Committee (UCOC) oversees classroom development and improvement by working with several other university offices, academic departments, and faculty development specialists in creating the best possible classroom spaces, whether creating new classrooms or renovating existing spaces.
As an ongoing project, the committee plans to mount signs that indicate capacity and furniture orientation for each teaching space.
The committee identified several classrooms that could be improved as instructional spaces by the simple expedient of reorienting furniture into a "default" flexible learning configuration and adding whiteboards where necessary. These classrooms include:
- Collaborating with Facilities Management, TLT, the Education department, and the Faculty Development team, the committee developed Bethel's first technologically-enhanced active learning classroom (HC113), including large wall-mounted TV monitors, flexible seating at computer ports, and ceiling-to-floor writeable walls.
- A second classroom (HC112) provides a "default" seating arrangement for active learning and several whiteboards to accommodated group work.
- In order to address issues of "sound bleed" in several divided classrooms, the committee advised:
- removing the dividers in RC229 and RC422
- building permanent walls to divide RC224 and RC426
- Beginning in spring 2015 CC426B will also become a flexible learning classroom with pod seating and enhanced technological capabilities.
- The committee worked closely with Facilities Management and TLT in creating nine new classrooms at 2 Pine Tree, applying many of the lessons learned from the HC North renovation. In particular, because the floors at 2 Pine Tree are raised, equipping classrooms with the same technology as HC113 will not be difficult.
- With plans now underway to break ground on a Wellness Center in November 2014, the committee is serving a key advisory function as new classrooms will be created to replace the modular (portable) classrooms that will be removed to accommodate the new building. Committee chair Barrett Fisher is collaborating with the project manager for Facilities Management on the design and implementation of instructional spaces that follow the standards adopted by the UCOC.