New Faces, Transformative Experiences This Year

If you are new to the OSU College of Education or just have not yet had an opportunity to experience the T.E.C.H. Playground in 326 Willard yet, we are eager for you to drop in! T.E.C.H. stands for Transforming Education through Creative Habitsand that is exactly what we aim to do. See an overview video and read about our mission at

Transformation happens when there has been a “thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character” of something. Are you ready to impact teaching, learning and research in creative, transformative ways? The T.E.C.H. Playground is here for you! There are many individuals who contribute to this wonderful learning space:

Dr. Susan Stansberry, Director
Kathy Thomas, Facilitator
Scott Haselwood, Facilitator
Tara Dalinger, Facilitator
Alesha Baker, Facilitator
(Note: Our hearty congratulations go out to Dr. Toby Brown, who graduated this summer and is teaching computer applications at Stillwater High School! Give him a shout @tbbrwn!)

Scott Haselwood gives Emily Ray flying lessons.

Scott Haselwood gives Emily Ray flying lessons.

The facilitators work together to maintain the learning space, suggest products and design processes for enhancing the mission, facilitate creative thinking, serve those who make use of the T.E.C.H. Playground, and participate in research teams. They also answer the email at, serve as the T.E.C.H. Playground’s voice on social media, and maintain the calendar, so your reservation is always noted.

Graduate students in Educational Technology will each be available a few hours a week – Jose Fulgencio,Travis Hartfield, Emily Ray, Cates Schwark, and Ying Xiu. Undergraduate student volunteers are also in and out on a daily basis. As members of the Educational Media & Technology Student Association, they can count their volunteer hours toward their service goals.

Cates Schwark and Jose Fulgencio conducting collaborative course design on the treadmill desk.

Cates Schwark and Jose Fulgencio conducting collaborative course design on the treadmill desk.

Our advisory board includes Dustin Ivey, Dr. Bridget Miller, Dr. Suzii Parsons, Dr. Shanedra Nowell, Dr. Sheri Vasinda, Judy Nalon, Dr. Chad Depperschmidt, Dr. Ed Harris, and Dr. Penny Thompson. Please let Susan know if you are interested in serving on the advisory board. Since this learning space is “by the college, for the college,” we would love to have you join.

So, what actually happens in this space? You can check out faculty and graduate student perspectives via video on our website (, connect with us on Twitter or Facebook, or just come see for yourself! One of my favorite things about the T.E.C.H. Playground is consistently hearing a wide variety of groups engaged in conversations about teaching, learning and research. A research team of faculty and grad students were meeting in the T.E.C.H. Playground one morning, and a group of undergraduate students who were in there joined in and added invaluable perspectives on the topic of teaching curiosity. Faculty members have found research partners just by posting an idea/question on the wall. One of our candidates for a faculty position left a question on the wall, and students/staff/faculty continued to post to that discussion for the next three months. The space itself is a great place to hold research team meetings, faculty meetings, organizational meetings, brainstorming sessions, small class sessions, office hours, productive coffee breaks/lunches, and human-subject research experiments.

We have a variety of technology tools available to facilitate innovative learning, communication and collaboration and would love for you to come try things out! This is definitely a space to think, try, fail, learn, grow, collaborate, design, innovate, and have a hand in transforming education!


One response to “New Faces, Transformative Experiences This Year

  1. toby brown August 24, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    thanks for the s/o 🙂 I think we need to set up a couple of HS student visits to the Playground!!

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