Sandbox Open House

Held annually on St. Patrick's Day, the next scheduled event will be March 17, 2017.

Introducing Teaching and Learning Commons' Sandbox on the ground floor of the Evansdale Library.

The Sandbox is a research and development space for faculty, graduate students, and staff to assess and test emerging learning technologies. The Teaching and Learning Commons exemplifies an evidence-based, scholarship approach that incorporates creativity, collaboration, innovation, and balance.

Open by appointment only. Submit a Teaching and Learning Commons consultation request to:

  • Experience the new Teaching and Learning Sandbox
  • Talk to instructional designers about new approaches to teaching
  • Explore new instructional tools (more information below)
  • View new media applications in courses


Instructional Tools

We are promoting the use of technology in new and advanced ways for the sake of learning, not just for the sake of technology. In order to accomplish this, we need to work with instructors to identify the piece(s) of technology to best meets their need to wield as a tool for instruction.

Here are just a few of the tools the Teaching and Learning Commons have available to experience:



    This technology allows instructors to enhance their content when discussing different visual elements. Instructors' PowerPoint slides can be superimposed in the video lecture so students can see content while it is being explained.







    These devices allow a computer to capture a 3-dimensional representation of a real-world object. We have a Matter and Form tabletop scanner, as well as a 3D Systems 'Sense' handheld scanner.







    A 360-degree camera captures content to allow the learner to virtually be in an environment, where they have access to different educational tools. We own a Ricoh Theta S.



    This small camera provides a simplified system for live action, real-time editing while streaming. We own a Livestream Mevo.



    This technology allows for a more interactive participation at a distant location through remotely controlling a mobile two-way video device. We have the Suitable Technologies Beam+.



    As a mobile "computer lab", these tablets can be distributed to students within a non-technology classroom. (And with additional technology, an instructor could have the ability to go "into the field", teaching directly from their tablet to the students' tablets). Our chosen tablet model is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.



    Although not your typical piece of innovative technology, these devices promote engagement for a versatile learning space environment.



    From 'DIY' smartphone reflections to fully interactive high-definition mixed-reality holograms, we are currently experimenting with academic use of devices such as Google Cardboard, ViewMaster VR, and Microsoft Hololens.



    Fully utilizing mobile devices for classroom teaching necessitates a wireless link to the projection system. Some of these products also have multi-user collaboration features built-in. We are currently experimenting with several models including: Miracast, ShareLink, ClickShare, Enzo, De Mobo, TopHat, and more.



    Web-hosted services that provide online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing capabilities to enable users to interact with colleagues via the Internet in real time. The TLC Sandbox is currently piloting Go To Meeting, Go To Training, Go To Webinar services with select faculty with specific academic needs.



    These classrooms stand apart from the typical lecture-style facility, in that students can work together in small groups, then display their content to the class.



    Furniture designed with collaboration in mind, able to support a wide range of teaching and learning styles. We have Steelcase Verb furniture and Node seating, paired with Mediascape Mobile units.



Submit a Teaching and Learning Commons consultation request to discuss how these and other technologies could be used with your teaching style.



Sandbox Open House

Held annually on St. Patrick's Day, the next scheduled event will be March 17, 2017.

Panasonic 2017 Campus Tour

Come experience the latest projectors, displays and pro video equipment.

Panasonic products on display:
TH-65BF1U multitouch display, PT-RZ970 laser projector, and PT-FZ570 lcd projector

Chief products on display:
Kontour Desk/Podium Display Mounts, Interactive Display Retro Install Kit, All in one Projector Mount Kit with Height Adjustable Column, Dynamic Height Adjustable Cart, Stand and Wall Mount, and In-Wall Storage Box Accessories

Da-Lite products on display:
HD Progressive Surfaces, Idea Screens, Parallax, and Wireline Advantage

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Mountainlair
RSVP: MUST register by February 13!

For more information, go to Panasonic's Campus Tour site, contact Roger Neptune, or check back here for updates.

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Roger Neptune demonstrates how a Lightboard enables faculty to write on the “board” without turning their backs to students in online or video recorded lectures.