The Hybrid Room project combines a traditional whiteboard with a document projector, cameras, microphones, monitors and a graphics tablet.
Written by Erika Yamamoto
Taking advantage of the knowledge gained during the period of remote teaching in emergency situations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Escola Politécnica (Poli) has developed a hybrid classroom model, which integrates new remote teaching tools into the traditional face-to-face classroom.
“The idea of creating co-educational and teaching environments was a requirement of Rectory, who asked us to develop an immersive classroom model, with its own equipment and appropriate infrastructure, and to transfer the best internationally into the reality of a public university. Brazilian culture, taking into account our culture and the costs involved. The challenge we face In making the remote and face-to-face participants have a wonderful teaching and learning experience,” explained Antonio Carlos Cebra, Professor in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at Bole, project coordinator.
In addition to being able to use them in emergency situations, as has been the case with the pandemic, blended classes allow for classroom recording to be made available on platforms such as e-Aulas and YouTube, making classroom content accessible to students who, for some reason, cannot attend Exhibit in person or students from other educational institutions interested in the topic.
Hybrid modular room
The first room adapted to the configuration planned by the Bole researchers was Room D103, located in the Electrical Engineering Building.
The core element of the hybrid room is the digital podium, which is equipment that centralizes all instrument controls in the room. Designed by teams from the Mechanics and Mechatronics department, the digital platform combines computers, machine control screen, digitization table and document viewer, enabling documents and experiments to be displayed on the screen.
The room also underwent alterations in the network and lighting infrastructure and was equipped with projectors, cameras, microphones, a digital whiteboard and screens connected with the fewest possible wires. The investment amount was about R$11,000, considering that the digital platform was designed and built in Poly.
“We have been able to combine these traditional tools with the best that technology has to offer: remote participants and participants meet face to face and communicate in the classroom, teachers can use chalk and the blackboard, write what is presented on screen or on a piece of paper and be accompanied by those who are not in the room They can also design and process objects that, in the same way, can be seen in person or from a distance,” explained Seabra.
Dean Carlos Gilberto Carlotti Jr., IT Supervisor (STI) Joao Eduardo Ferreira, and Polly Director Reinaldo Giudice visited the Hybrid Room yesterday afternoon, May 10, and were able to test the new possibilities for education offered by the environment.
“The Dean’s goal is that this blended semester model can be replicated in other USP units, making the teaching environment more modern, dynamic and relevant to current standards,” said the dean.
The Director of Poli, Rinaldo Giudicci, thanked and highlighted the commitment of the school team that worked on developing the project so that the solution could be delivered in a short period of time. “The chamber result demonstrates the technical and academic knowledge available at Poli, and brings together the best experiences and practices developed in blended learning,” acknowledged Giudici.
The project will now go through a testing period, during which teachers will be invited to use the mixed room and suggest improvements. In the coming months, the hybrid room will be implemented in other Poly buildings and then the model will be made available so that STI can replicate the project in other USPs that wish to adopt the model.