Past Meetings


LSC Guide Session : Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners

SCUP’s 49th Annual, International Conference “Plan for Transformation” 

July 12–16, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA


June 13, 2014
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

This workshop offers a discussion of current and future trends in learning spaces for higher education—not only from the design point of view, but also assessment, budget, utilization, IT and instructional design at the institution. 


The 7th Annual Canadian Learning Commons Conference
June 9-11, 2014
Hosted by Bishop's University at the Delta Hotel Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec


Sunday, March 23, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Paolo Alto, CA



March 2 - 5, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Baltimore MD


Durham, North Carolina
November 2, 2013



Northfield, Minnesota
October 12, 2013

Amherst, Massachusetts
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.