About the Studio
Innovating the craft of teaching and learning
The Teaching and Learning Technology Studio, room 05-A400 in the A-level of Innovative Learning Institute (ILI), supports collaborative learning and the effective use of current technology in the classroom. With a wide array of technical equipment, multi-image projection capability and flexible room furniture, faculty can enjoy an enhanced, modern teaching environment.
Requesting TLT Studio
TLT Studio is operated and maintained by staff in the ILI specializing in classroom support, instructional design, and academic technology. There are two project types that are supported in the TLT Studio, Research Projects and Teaching Projects. Faculty may submit Teaching Project Requests on a quarterly basis. A call for Research Project proposals is sent out by TLS on a yearly basis. Each of these project types are carried out under the following guidelines:
- All faculty requests to use the TLT Studio are subject to approval by TLS.
- Faculty must complete at least one instructional design consultation and one Studio-based technology training before classes will be scheduled in the TLT Studio.
- Faculty are responsible for unlocking and locking the room before and after classes.
- Projects are selected based on the following considerations:
- Creative ideas for using the room and its existing equipment
- Ideas for integrating and experimenting with emerging technologies and tools
- Knowledge of learning-centered pedagogies and technologies
- Potential contributions to research and innovation in technology-enhanced learning spaces.
- Partial or full funding opportunities for technology purchase, installation, and support (Research Projects Only).
Research Project Requests
Those eligible to submit a Research Project Request are 1) RIT faculty teaching credit-bearing courses, or 2) ILI staff who have identified a specific use for a technology that warrants further investigation in the Studio space. In each of these instances, the project is typically handled as a collaborative endeavor between the participating faculty and TLS staff. In order to clearly define the project's scope, technology and support needs, a service and usage agreement is established between TLS and the participating faculty, departments, or colleges.
Since research projects require a high level of commitment, a very limited number of Research Project are accepted for TLT Studio. ILI sends out a call for Research Project Requests to the RIT faculty community on a yearly basis. Proposals are then vetted through a review process coordinated by a select team within the ILI. The number of selected projects and their timeline for initiation and completion is based on previous commitments in TLT Studio and funding.
Submit Request: Not currently seeking Research Projects at this time. However, If you would like to discuss your areas of interest with an Instructional Design Research & Consultant, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 585-475-2551
Teaching Project Requests
Current TLT Studio Tools and Technology
TLT Studio uses three short-throw rear-screen digital projectors with high-resolution optics that offer more than three times the resolution of a typical classroom projector. The three state-of the-art, custom-fabricated, 5x6-foot acrylic screens create an astonishing 18-foot display with a sharpness of 786,432 pixels per panel.
Integrated Connect Web-Conferencing
Adobe Connect is a web-based communication tool that allows faculty and students to quickly and easily share presentations, desktop materials and other information over the Internet through a web conferencing interface. Adobe Connect has robust collaboration tools for discussion, whiteboard and text chat, and supports the use of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) audio. The TLT Studio’s podium desktop computer utilizes built-in room microphones and speakers for easy-setup. RIT Faculty have used Adobe Connect web conferencing for classroom learning:
- In classroom settings where real-time interaction with experts in the field are needed, and it is not feasible to have them visit campus
- In situations where you would like to record brief pieces of content for students to refer back to at a later date
- To create a shared class experience for two geographically-distant groups
Clickers (Audience response devices)
Clickers are wireless keypads that enable the instructor to survey the class quickly. The instructor can ask a question—out loud, through a PowerPoint Presentation, on a Web page or with myCourses—students answer with the keypad and the results appear on screen in a bar graph. With Clickers, instructors can:
- Actively engage students throughout the entire class period
- Gauge the level of student understanding of the material presented
- Shift the discussion according to students' responses
- Track responses to an individual student for grading, attendance and immediate assessment
- Promote collaboration with group exercises that require students to discuss and come to a consensus, or with quiz questions that create a healthy competition
Faculty Projects in the TLT Studio
Technology Rich Interactive Learning Environment
Robert Garrick, Ph.D PE, Associate Professor, MMET/PS
College of Applied Science and Technology
Connecting Students with Language and Culture
Lecturer and Italian Program Coordinator
College of Liberal Arts
Research and Writing as a Collaborative Process
College of Liberal Arts
Interdisciplinary Team Work in Language Science
Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm
Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts