The Learning Studio is a state-of-the-art classroom that has been designed to support VCU faculty members and students in their exploration and study of new learning spaces. Located in the Academic Learning Commons (ALC 4110), the Learning Studio contains a wide array of technologies and furniture that combine to provide unique opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. Working in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence, faculty members teaching in the space conceptualize, design and teach a course in the studio for an entire semester.

Key Goals of the Learning Studio

  • Identify innovative teaching approaches that leverage the affordances of digital technologies and highly configurable classroom arrangements to enhance learning.
  • Support faculty engagement in scholarly activities that contribute to our understanding of learning spaces.
  • Serve as an incubator and learning laboratory that can inform the design of future learning spaces at VCU.

Learning Studio Design Features

The Learning Studio has a number of design considerations that make it a unique learning space at VCU, including:

  • Multiple points of projection (via flat panel video wall displays & standard retractable screens)

  • Raised floor with boxes for power and alternative display options

  • No “front of room” orientation

  • Flexible and highly configurable furniture

  • Fixed and mobile whiteboards

Technology in the Learning Studio

The Learning Studio has a variety of technologies to enhance teaching and learning, including:

  • Podium PC with two (2) computers

  • Standard and Smart (annotation capability) monitors at podium, supports multiple and extended display options

  • Document camera

  • Two 70″ touchscreen interactive displays

  • Course capture capability (Echo360)
  • Video conferencing & Telepresence (Vidyo)
  • Wireless projection capability from laptops, tablets and mobile phones (AirMedia)
  • Mobile laptop cart (contains 10 MacBook Air & 10 Google ChromeBook computers)

Who Teaches in the Learning Studio?

Faculty members interested in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by this unique teaching and learning space to develop innovative instructional approaches that effectively optimize the use of the features and technologies in the Learning Studio are invited to apply for a Teaching Fellowship. Any questions about the Learning Studio Teaching Fellowship program may be directed to Jeff Nugent, via email (jsnugent@vcu.edu) or phone (827.0563).