Collaborating Partner Events

An initial set of organizational collaborators has been assembled. The work of each of these organizations influences and/or is influenced by attention to the quality and character of learning in American colleges and universities. There will be a feedback loop among the collaborators. They will share lessons learned from their individual efforts; they will promote collective discussions about what works in linking theory to practice in shaping 21st century learning spaces. That feedback loop will also engage the broader community through web-based conversations hosted by the PKAL LSC, as well as through workshops and meetings hosted by individual collaborating partners and the PKAL LSC.

Connecting the Dots: Change Initiatives Focusing on How, What, When & Where Learning Happens


  • Kimberely Frederick, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry - Skidmore College (representing Council on Undergraduate Research [CUR])
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory
  • Michael Palladino, Vice Provost for Graduate Students, Professor of Biology - Monmouth University (representing Council on Undergraduate Research [CUR])

Campus-wide reform initiatives are mostly iterative and cyclical, particularly those focusing on student success, faculty careers, programs and pedagogies, community outreach. Those focusing on facilities projects are more linear, time-constrained. Using a template drafted by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory, we will explore how planning physical environments for learning can influence and is influenced by the broader institutional context and culture, how connecting the dots can realize more creative, sustainable transformation of the undergraduate STEM learning environment.


AAC&U's Network for Academic Renewal and Project Kaleidoscope
November 3, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116