Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TEAL Classroom

Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Miller Dyer Spears


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • AREA

    5,000 sq.ft.





The TEAL/Studio Physics Project is an experimental approach to computer-based group instruction. The classroom is a multi-venue, hands-on teaching environment designed to enrich student experience and engagement in mandatory freshman physics and other courses. The design is a model for interactive student-group teaching, reintroduction of hands-on lab experiments in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$260.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms introductory courses, and the use of classroom technology, all part of the MIT iCampus Initiative.

Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) is designed for teaching-in-the-round, with circular tables of nine students around three computers for hands-on group work. Twelve tables serve a seating capacity of 108. Multiple projectors display images on eight screens on all walls, projecting faculty and student work so all can see and participate. Whiteboards are found on all walls, ceiling-mounted cameras cover the room perimeter, and laptop connections are at all faculty and student stations. Experiments at the central demonstration table are projected simultaneously all around via document camera. Instructors control all the technology and media by touchscreen panels with preset configurations at the central station.