Diversity in Technology

Webster 101 accommodates class sizes up to 64 students. There are 8 tables, each with a monitor and a panel for students to connect their own technology, and seating for 8 students. Writing surfaces are located along all wall surfaces for students’ use. There is a technology podium from which instructors and students can make presentations to the entire room, but no lectern or set front to this classroom.

By providing opportunities for student engagement and community building, the logistics of Webster 101 support collaborative teaching practices. Students are able to meet in small groups at the conference tables which positions the instructor in a facilitator role. The positionality and transfer from a teacher-centered aesthetic, to a student centered one allows opportunities to be more actively engaged in their learning.

Students are able to connect their own mobile devices to the large monitors at the end of each of the conference tables. This allows students to share and discuss content using devices they are familiar with, as well as observe others using technology. A secondary benefit of using this room is a general improvement in technology literacy for all of the students. In addition, the media and monitors at the individual tables may be shared with the rest of the classroom, which allows all students access to the same content.