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TILE: Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage

The ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Learning Spaces Technology [LST] team provides consulting, management and support for 17 technology-equipped TILE classrooms across campus.

Configuration

TILE classrooms are instructional spaces configured for student-centered, active learning pedagogy with various whiteboards and flexible seating options that provide a collaborative atmosphere for inquiry-guided learning. TILE classrooms range in size from 24 to 81 seats and are managed by Classroom Scheduling. Several of these rooms offer round tables that seat nine students, with three laptops at each table. 

These technology-rich “classic” TILE rooms provide central switching stations that faculty members and students can use to project images from classroom laptops to LCD screens, one for each table. Rooms are also lined with white-boards. Additionally, all TILE Classrooms are equipped with webcams and microphones for online delivery and recording.

Variations

In addition, two other variations of learning spaces called TILE-Flex and TILE-Lite rooms are supported. TILE-Flex classrooms provide different laptop ratios with a flexible switch between individual and group work. TILE-Lite is the newest available space that is technology light (no provided laptops or additional monitors, but does include a Solstice Pod for wireless collaboration to project content from own devices). These unique "Lite" classrooms do not use tables, and instead have movable tablet-arm chairs that cluster around power pods to form groups, for active-learning and teaching.

Required Training

Faculty and other users must participate in a two-part training workshop, TILE Essentials Training, in order to request to utilize the TILE and TILE-Flex classroom spaces (this training is not required for TILE-Lite spaces). Contact the Center for Teaching [CfT] in the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology at tile@uiowa.edu for additional information on the TILE program or if you are interested in becoming trained to use TILE spaces.

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