In this post in the Classroom of the Future Blog Series, we’ll dive into how the team facilitated creative workshops in which members of the community came together to brainstorm creative ideas to enhancing teaching and learning.

During the fourth step in the Discovery process, community members came together to envision future possibilities for teaching and learning at MIT Sloan. To learn about our process for prioritizing the challenges they aimed to address, see Classroom of the Future Discovery 3: Determining Priorities.

The Classroom of the Future team facilitated three brainstorming workshops during which community members brainstormed together about how the school might address the 27 needs surfaced during the discovery process. We designed the workshops based on the LUMA Institute’s Creative Matrix method to promote active participation and divergent thinking as members of the community ideated together.

  • In October 2022, 80 faculty and staff took part in a workshop during the Classroom of the Future Faculty Town Hall.
  • In November 2022, 12 faculty area and group heads shared their ideas during a Classroom of the Future Creative Workshop.
  • In December 2022, 6 students participated in a Classroom of the Future Student Workshop.

These were just a few of the creative ideas that community members generated during Discovery:

  • Using holograms to “beam in” guest speakers. – A Sloan faculty member
  • If you could change the type of classroom kind of instantly and you could even mix and match during even one session, that would be awesome. – A Sloan faculty member
  • The screen share function [in Zoom] is excellent… how great would it be in the classroom if students could easily share their screen to displays? – A Sloan faculty member
  • It would be great to have a classroom where students could work together at tables and display everything they were working on to the whole group. – A Sloan faculty member
  • Have each seat equipped with buttons that could allow students to sign in for attendance, participate in polling, track participation. – A Sloan faculty member

The collaborative workshops generated momentum and fresh ideas for the future. In the next post, we’ll explore how we established a steering team and compiled insights from Discovery into recommendations to guide upcoming Classroom of the Future projects.


Jillian Rubman

Jillian Rubman

As a Lead Instructional Designer at MIT Sloan, I design learning experiences for diverse students on campus and around the globe. I’m passionate about education and technology’s potential to enrich learning experiences.