Describing a Proposed TEALS Design
Not all classroom space modification requests should submit a TEALS proposal. Space modifications proposing only changes to classroom furnishings such as seating, lighting, and flooring are not included in the TEALS process, and should be submitted through regular classroom renovation requests. Conversely, proposals that should be submitted for TEALS consideration may include changes in furnishings, but are also expected to request investments in electronic technology or other systems that support the use of technology such as additional computer network infrastructure, electrical power to student seating, audio/video, sound abatement, or multiple projection surfaces. Given the comprehensive nature of these proposals, university-wide divisions and programs will collaborate to evaluate and fund successful TEALS proposals.
Use of space and teaching needs of academic units will vary and so likely will details in design proposals. Yet, general design categories help create a common starting point for a proposed TEALS. Almost all project proposals should find a match in one of the categories in this PDF document describing a variety of TEALS and distance learning space design categories. (Download Adobe's free PDF reader if you need it.)
Those projects selecting a Level 1 design (except those implementing distance learning technologies) need not prepare proposals for this process. Modifications at this level may be approved through traditional facilities renovation evaluation procedures through Facilities, Planning Design, and Construction and implemented pending available funds. Projects at all other levels and any incorporating distance learning technologies must prepare TEALS proposals for evaluation. The section of the proposal describing the classroom design will begin by identifying the project category selected from those in the table and continue by adding relevant details about the project in each of the Feature areas presented at the far left of the table. Consultation in these areas is available through Facilities, Planning Design, and Construction and Instructional Technologies Support: Learning Spaces and the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.