Presentation Pair: Supporting Classroom Learning

Tuesday, January 30 | 11:45AM–12:30PM CT | Galerie 3, Second Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Presentation Pair
Classroom Sentiment Analysis
Sentiment analysis uses artificial intelligence to detect emotional states in humans. By detecting, aggregating, and visualizing the emotional states of students during a classroom session, we can derive valuable data as to their interest and engagement in the topic at hand. This session will include an overview of sentiment analysis technology, a discussion of the potential benefits and pitfalls of AI and sentiment analysis in the classroom, and a presentation of the classroom sentiment analysis (CSA) tool developed at the University of St. Thomas, which anonymously analyzes and visualizes the emotional state of the audience during a presentation.

Outcomes: Explore the concept of CSA and its value in understanding student engagement * Understand the benefits, potential, limitations, and pitfalls of CSA * Acquire the basic set of tools needed to experiment with CSA on your own

Redesigning Static Classrooms into Innovative Collaborative Spaces for Active Learning
Stephen F. Austin State University recently began an initiative to upgrade 40% of its instructional spaces from instructor-centered, static environments to active, collaborative, student-centered ones over a five-year period. The team responsible for upgrades utilized data from an initial survey to help make early decisions on which products (including technologies, furniture, etc.) to include and has utilized additional survey information and anecdotal feedback to make design changes. Hear from the interior designer, technical support, and faculty to learn how we used faculty and student voices to transform this teaching and learning space. Lessons learned and resources used will be shared.

Outcomes: Identify technology components used in SFASU classrooms for potential use at your institution * Describe activities for engaging faculty in newly designed classroom spaces * Identify at least one element of a classroom space that could be feasibly upgraded at your institution


  • Mary Smith

    Assistant Director – Classroom Technology, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Eric Tornoe

    Associate Director of Research Computing and Emerging Technology, University of St. Thomas
  • Megan Weatherly

    Learning Experiences Design Coordinator, Stephen F. Austin State University

Resources & Downloads

  • Refreshed Room Equipment

    221 KB, pdf - Updated on 1/26/2024
  • Refreshed Classrooms ELI Presentation

    2 MB, pdf - Updated on 1/26/2024