ABSTRACT

The past twenty-five years have brought with them an influx of in-classroom technology. Computers, iPads, and interactive games are becoming an increasingly permanent part of the educational world. With so many changes, it sometimes feels that the landscape is changing so fast that colleges and universities are perpetually racing to adequately prepare their professors and staff. This article offers an explanation of the way Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has made an effort to extend the metaphoric hand to new technologies and techniques through a “Center for Faculty Excellence”—a physical space that provides training and a place for safe pedagogical experimentation. Using a theory put forth by Paulo Freire, this photo essay demonstrates the importance of these “Centers,” as they inspire classroom democratization and quality interaction between teacher and student. Furthermore, it is also noted that some of the most progressive techniques require no technology at all—just a simple rethinking of the actual, physical space. By offering pictures of active learning classrooms and scholastic events hosted by the BGSU Center for Faculty Excellence, this article shows that sometimes the technological emphasis is secondary to the spirit of experimentation and willingness to try something new.

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