Enhanced Learning Environments

Enhanced Learning Environments

Create easy-to-use physical learning environments to encourage active, collaborative, and immersive learning, leveraging SDSU’s Learning Environment Assessment Plan (LEAP) to provide data-informed recommendations for future innovation.


Centered on creating spaces that support teaching and learning excellence, this activity converges on designing built and online learning environments that are flexible, giving faculty the ability to quickly and easily reorganize and reconfigure layouts and options to facilitate numerous instructional methods. This work will be done in consultation with SDSU faculty, staff and students.

Goals / Deliverables

  • Goals

    • Built: Create easy-to-use physical learning environments to encourage active, collaborative, and immersive learning, leveraging SDSU’s Learning Environment Assessment Plan (LEAP) to provide data-informed recommendations for future innovation (e.g., Mission Valley Campus).
  • Deliverables and Timeline (Physical Environments)

    SDSU 10 Year Plan Learning Spaces - Timeline

  • In 2019, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) finalized a 10-year plan for the upgrade of learning spaces to be approved by the Academic Affairs Associate Vice President for Resource Management and Chief Information Officer and President’s Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC). During AY 2018/19, ITS began utilizing the Educause Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) to create a classroom needs analysis to inform a roadmap for our future planning. All general-assignment classrooms on campus have now been scored using the LSRS. The LSRS is playing a key role in developing the 10-year Learning Environment Assessment and Renovation Plan. ITS utilized several other data points including the Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) Faculty and Student Survey in Spring 2020. Also in 2020, ITS created an interactive map of the current active learning classrooms across the SDSU campus to identify gaps and spaces to focus for the future.
  • ITS incorporates SDSU student feedback to develop virtual tours of space enhancement possibilities allowing stakeholders to immerse themselves while simultaneously providing feedback that will inform the design choices we make.
  • In 2020, due to the increase in virtual instruction as a result of COVID-19, ITS began enhancing classrooms with Connected Classroom technology. This technology enables instructors to record and stream their class sessions as well as make them available to students via the password-protected learning management system. Instructors have the ability to use Zoom synchronously (Zoom Ready Rooms) as well as capture course content via the automated Mediasite capture system (Automated Capture Rooms). As of Spring 2021, there are 102 Connected Classrooms, or about 57% of all general assignment classrooms. By the end of Summer 2021, 75% will have Connected Classroom technology.
  • ITS is working on developing AI-powered Aztec Assistant (AztecA). AztecA will use voice commands to initiate classroom instruction and achieve the following:
    • Decrease faculty contact with shared technology surfaces (e.g., control panels, light switches, computer screens and microphones)
    • Establish assessments to measure faculty accessibility, confidence, and overall user experience  
    • Leverage findings from the research, development, and subsequent assessment, to inform and improve hands-free technologies and practice in the CSU and education communities
    • Protect faculty and students from classroom contagions (e.g., COVID-19, common colds, etc.)
  • ITS will continue to conduct experiments with furniture, technology, lighting, colors, room temperatures, plants, and a variety of emerging tools (e.g., natural language processing via Alexa) to improve the learning experience in SDSU classrooms in 2021 and beyond.


Summer 2021 Refresh

  Roles Students Faculty Fellows AA Interim Vice Provost Tong Enrollment Services Project/ Management Facilities ITS Learning Spaces Staff ITS Lead Team ITS Associate Director Arias ITS Director Hauze Associate VP Frazee CIO Sheehan

Focus groups to review design

  R R I I I I I R


ITS reviews Learning Spaces Rating System data to determine and qualify rooms for upgrade     I I C C R C A I C I
ITS & PM/Facilities meet to review scope of work     I I C R R I A I C I
ITS develops AV system/ equipment costs       I I C R C A I C I
Budget Review       R C R R I A I R I
PM/Facilities finalize estimates        I I R  C I  A I  R  I
ITS and procurement bid out high value products        I R I  C R  A I  C  I
ITS receives parts        I I I R  I I  I  I
Construction Begins       I R  R R  I I  I
Complete projects and perform QA       I C R    R  I I  C  I
R - Responsible Assigned to complete the task or deliverable
A - Accountable Has final decision-making authority and accountability for completion. Only 1 per task
C - Consulted     An advisor, stakeholder or subject matter expert who is consulted before a decision or action is taken.
I - Informed       Must be informed after a decision or action is taken



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