Past Meetings


July 12 - 13, 2017 (tentative)
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


June 22, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


June 7, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


May 18, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)

May 4, 2017


  • Susan Albertine, Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Committee Member, Integrating Higher Education in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Project, National Academies
  • Robert Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics and Director of the NCSU STEM Education Initiative - North Carolina State University
  • David F. Brakke, Dean and Professor Emeritus, College of Science and Mathematics - James Madison University
  • Linda Hodges, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Director, Faculty Development Center - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Kevin Johnson, Principal - SmithGroupJJR
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory and Founding Director, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
  • Laura Ott, Director, Science Education Research Unit, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Robin Wright, Head, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning and Editor-in-Chief, CourseSource - University of Minnesota

The LSC will develop a packet of materials from 2016 and 2017 Roundtables that illustrate how priorities of the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF- engaged student learning and institutional and community transformation- are served by attention to planning the physical environment for 21st century learners:

NSF Program Solicitation: NSF 15-585

Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience.

The impact of spaces on learning will be illustrated by photos from the architectural portfolios that are part of the Roundtable experience.

Presentation: The Planning of Spaces for Learning - Past, Present, and Future


March 29, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


Host:        Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC)
Sponsor:   Herman Miller

Date:        Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time:       8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Location: 1700 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC (offices of SmithGroupJJR)

Background: In 2016, the LSC piloted an approach for planning learning spaces based on the principle of a roundtable—an opportunity for a small group to convene in a setting designed to prompt collaborative, creative thinking. This approach reflects research on social creativity and experience from the field about how planners can explore and embrace the future when giving attention to the physical environment for learning. The roundtables were envisioned as a think-tank for focusing on the future of planning learning spaces. Five Spring 2016 roundtables were held.  

The Fall 2016 webinars captured stories from the Roundtable portfolios. We share here the story from Virginia Commonwealth University of the evolution of their spaces for innovation and entrepreneurship -- the Da Vinci Center.  

Description: This LSC Roundtable, held in conjunction with the VentureWell Conference Open 2017, will engage academics—faculty and administrators from the VentureWell community and five architects from the LSC community. Unlike 2016 roundtables, the discussion will focus on a particular spatial type—spaces for making—exploring where we are now and what next.

A paper will be drafted following the roundtable. It will include the application essays by academics, examples from architects, and an illustrated summary of roundtable discussions.

To apply: Fill out the online application form for VentureWell members. We're accepting applications on a rolling basis. The application fee for academics is $150.


Adapting the roundtable approach for planning, being, piloting by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory, this will be an orchestrated conversation engaging academics and architects- groups taking the lead evolving the "makerspace" concept, exploring what has been learned from current experience and what questions should be driving the future.

The conversation will involve five architects (selected) from the LSC community and 10 - 15 academics from the VentureWell community. Applicants from the VentureWell community will apply to participate.


March 17, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


March 10, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st Century Society 
November 3 - 5, 2016
Boston Park Plaza│ Boston, Massachusetts

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


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