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The AMX Innovation Awards presented annually at UBTech celebrates innovative higher education institutions and their use of AV and IT Technology. This year, the Office of Information Technology's Campus Design Group has been awarded the People's Choice Award for their use of technology and new pedagogical approaches in EASL, Engaged and Active Student Learning, classroom designs. EASL classrooms leverage cutting-edge classroom technology to promote a collaborative learning environment with high-level engagement among groups or pods of students.

Hillary Price, program manager for the AMX by HARMAN marketing team, speaking of the impact of the technology writes, "Students are more engaged and are genuinely more excited about learning. Simply by changing the room mode on the touch panel, the system can adapt to different teaching styles with the press of a button."

OIT's Classroom Design Group, led by John Gober, in collaboration with Facilities and a group of faculty, students and staff have redesigned Haley Center 2213, which seats 45 students, and Science Center Classroom Building 118, which seats 72 students. The purpose of these two EASL classrooms is to test furniture and instructional technologies and to give faculty an opportunity to rethink their courses now so that they can easily transition to the spaces that will be similar in the new Central Classroom Facility. The feedback from students and faculty since the Haley Center room was opened in fall 2013 has been critical in evolving these spaces and planning for the future.

Read the AMX by HARMAN Innovations Awards at UBTech article here. Learn more about the EASL spaces here.