May 4, 2013
This workshop is an opportunity to join with colleagues in the region to gain deeper insights about how to plan learning spaces for today’s undergraduate learners and how to understand how the spaces work.
This is a unique opportunity. There will be plenary sessions to learn from academic colleagues from the region who have experience in planning and assessing learning spaces, as well as from architects and other design professionals with expertise in this process. There will be breakout sessions that address particular dimensions/aspects of the planning. This will include attention what needs to be considered when planning/assessing:
General purpose, active learning classrooms intending to serve research-based pedagogies and curricular approaches.
Spaces for formal/informal learning, in particular technology-rich information commons, etc.
A physical environment that enhances learning 24/7.
The central theme throughout the workshop is how to do more with less, how to respond to the challenge of shaping and reshaping spaces that serve institutional vision, enable faculty to teach well and students to learn well, that are cost-effective over the long-term, and that are a physical embodiment of what your campus is. These are challenges that all of us are addressing. Sharing lessons learned and connecting with colleagues in the region will be of mutual benefit to all workshop participants.