Past Webinars

Reflections on their roundtable experience by a cadre of participating architects. 

April 20, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

The pursuit of audacious questions focusing on the future of planning learning spaces is central to the roundtable experience, one that engages academics and architects in non-project-related blue-sky discussions. This pursuit takes about 2 ½ hours, with the charge that the small working teams pose a question and make a case for its relevance in our day. For example: 

How do academics and architects collaborate in imagining new spaces for learning, in arriving at a common language and vision, engage in a planning process that reflects and enhances institutional culture?

Join us in this LSC Webinar to see what works at Clemson University and Grinnell College.



  • Floyd Cline, Architect - Perkins+Will
  • Richard M. Heinz, Vice President/Principal - Research Facilities Design
  • Dennis Lester, Associate Director of Science & Technology, Watt Family Innovation Center - Clemson University
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory
  • Barbara Speziale, Associate Director of Academics, Watt Family Innovation Center - Clemson University
  • James Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry - Grinnell College

A report from the LSC Roundtable Experience at California State University Los Angeles

February 16, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST
(Registration is now closed)


  • Emily Allen, Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology – California State University Los Angeles
  • David Connors, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters – California State University Los Angeles
  • Michael Dannenberg, Director of New & Emerging Technologies/Associate Principal – Vantage Technology Consulting Group
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Professor of Chemistry – California State University, Los Angeles
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal – Learning Spaces Collaboratory (*Moderator)
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Dean of the Library – California State University Los Angeles
  • Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychology – California State University Los Angeles

After participating in the LSC Roundtable at Loyola University, Dean Pamela Scott-Johnson and Professor Carlos Gutierrez explored with their colleagues at California State University Los Angeles the idea of bringing a roundtable to their campus. 20 academics joined five architects in the four-hour discussion, beginning with individual questions and concluding with a short list of questions and ideas to pursue in coming months. This was a roundtable assembled with no major campus facilities projects in the future; it ended with some ambitious ideas about the campus as an ecosystem for learning that capitalized on existing assets - particularly their students, faculty, and urban setting. 


(Carlos Rodriguez, Dean of the Library at Cal State LA, in conversation with colleagues about spaces that embrace entering learners, then sending them out well-prepared for the metaphorical "merry-go-round" of life.)



December 1, 2016​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

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Registration fee per institution: $200. This fee includes access to a recording of the webinar.

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  • Kevin M. Crosby, Dean, Division of Natural and Social Sciences and Director, NASA Wisconsin Space Grant ConsortiumCarthage College
  • Michael Reagan, Vice President, Science+Technology Market Sector Lead—Stantec
  • Charles Piper, PrincipalBCWH Architects
  • Garret Westlake, Executive Director of the da Vinci CenterVirginia Commonwealth University



November 1, 2016​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

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  • Joe Atkins, Principal—VMDO
  • Jay Verspyck, Senior Designer—Shepley Bulfinch 
  • Verna Case, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research—Davidson College
  • Debra March, Dean of Library Services—Young Harris College 



October 5, 2016​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

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  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal—Learning Spaces Collaboratory


  • Howard S. Wertheimer, Director, Capital Planning and Space Management—Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ameet D. Doshi, Director, Service Experience and Program Design, Subject Librarian for Public Policy—Georgia Institute of Technology Library
  • Ryan Jones, Associate Partner—Lake|Flato




September 15, 2016​
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. EDT

Registration is now closed. Please fill out this online form if you would like to purchase a copy of the webinar recording.
Registration fee per institution: $200. This fee includes access to a recording of the webinar.

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A Snapshot of the September 2016 LSC Webinar - Calibrating the Return of Investing in Active Learning Spaces: The Institutional Perspective

Questions explored:

  • What comes first in planning active learning spaces: attention to space or pedagogy?  
  • How to balance an institution’s need to provide more classroom seats to accommodate growing enrollments, more tuition income against institutional goals for increased retention, student success?  
  • How to create a balance of active-learning spaces—formal and informal, from large lecture halls to corners and hallways signaling that learning happens everywhere?


  • Robert Emery Smith, Director of Classroom Innovation, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning—Stanford University


  • Kristin Ambrose, Senior Associate—Ayers Saint Gross
  • Tom Bauer, Associate Principal—Bora Architects
  • Elizabeth J. Beise, Associate Provost, Academic Planning & Programs—University of Maryland, College Park
  • Jon Dorbolo, Associate Director, Technology Across the Curriculum—Oregon State University
  • Hilary Gossett, Assistant Director of Academic Facilities—University of Maryland, College Park
  • John Greydanus, Director of Academic Technologies—Oregon State University





How does the institutional culture for planning influence the process of planning new or renovated learning spaces in the undergraduate setting?

How can ongoing campus-wide strategic initiatives—focusing on faculty development, student success, programmatic and pedagogical reform, outreach and community engagement—provide an intellectual infrastructure for undertaking a particular facilities initiative?

How can a broader community come together around intersecting big-picture questions, around a common language about learning, institutional vision before, during, and following a particular facilities initiative?

How can academics and architects charged with responsibility for learning spaces navigate through an increasingly complex planning process, toward the goal of serving the broader institutional vision of its future?

These persisting questions, emerging from the Spring 2016 LSC Roundtables, set the stage for the Fall 2016 LSC Webinars. 


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October 20, 2015​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT



  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory


  • Sarah Goodwin, Kenan Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of English - Skidmore College
  • Robert Kolvoord,  Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology - James Madison University
  • Wendy Newstetter, Director, Educational Research and Innovation, College of Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery - Skidmore College
  • George Sparks, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts - James Madison University 
  • Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture - Texas A&M University


(American Association of Colleges and Universities. “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success.” 2015.)


September 23, 2015​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT


  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory


  • Jacqueline P. Ashby,  Consultant
  • Tim O'Connell, HOK
  • Bonnie Sanborn, Stantec
  • Susan Whitmer, Herman Miller

Learning Outcomes:

  • Why attention to makerspaces is increasingly important.
  • What we have learned about makerspaces that work and how we know.
  • How to imagine makerspaces for the future.
  • How to realize makerspaces for the future. 


2015 LSC Summer Webinar Snapshots


Part of the DNA of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory is encouraging campuses to move from analysis to action.  

Over the past several years, LSC webinars have spotlighted stories about transforming the physical environment for learning. Some of these were significant initiatives—resulting in major new facilities or renovated spaces. Other stories were about beginning the process of transforming the physical environment by giving attention to low-hanging fruit.

Over the summer, we will be presenting a series of LSC Webinar Snapshots, sharing with the broader LSC community lessons learned about the value of mindful planning. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago Experience with Project Oasis, an Informal Learning Space Program
David Taeyaerts, Director, Office of Campus Learning Environments - University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC Webinar Snapshot #1

UIC Project Oasis Session Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain insights on the role informal learning spaces (ILS) play in enhancing students’ collegiate experience
  • Understand the ‘kit of parts’ used to create a common language for an ILS and how each design is tweaked to make it unique
  • Explore metrics used to measure the success of an ILS’s. 
  • Learn how to create and sustain an informal learning space program, with internal and external support.


Implementing an AAU STEM Initiative at The University of Arizona
Gail Burd, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
John Pollard, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Chemistry
Jane Hunter, UA AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project
Robyn Huff-Eibl, University Libraries

UA Webinar Snapshot #2

Learning Outcomes:

  • See significant opportunities for synergy among efforts in course design, faculty development, and redesign of learning spaces.
  • Be inspired to work with what you have – you don’t have to wait for a new building.
  • Feel empowered to use collaborative learning spaces even for classes as large as 250 students.


What Works: Important Questions for Technologies and Pedagogies in 21st Century Learning Commons
Anu Vedantham, Director, Weigle Information Commons - University of Pennsylvania Libraries
John MacDermott, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Computing

UPenn Webinar Snapshot #3


Adapting Classrooms for Student-centered & Technologically-supported Pedagogies
​Felix Kronenberg, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Language Learning - Rhodes College

Rhodes College Webinar Snapshot #4

To gain a deeper understanding of:

  • how to evaluate each feature of a physical space for learning for its potential impact on the quality and character of the experience of learning 
  • what flexibility means  in the context of a space intended for active, technology-enhanced learning
  • the optimal relationship between the designers and users of these learning environments.


Steps Taken to Imagine, Prototype, Design, Construct, and Assess a Major Library Renovation- The Duke LINK Project
Edward D. Gomes, Senior Associate Dean of Technology Services, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences— Duke University

Duke University Webinar Snapshot #5

Key Points:

  • Developing planning principles: scenarios and case studies
  • Imagining the future: beta-projects and mock-ups
  • Establishing design principles: enhanced collaborative, interdisciplinary, and eLearning
  • Exploring and assessing the end result.



Learning Space Design for the Ethnically Diverse Undergraduate Classroom
Mary Anne Akers, Dean - Morgan State University
Jim Determan, Principal - Hord Coplan Macht

How to connect the dots between:

  • institutional goals for student learning--what learners are to become and the process of planning spaces for learning
  • research on how learning happens to the process of planning spaces for learning
  • the work of pioneering agents of change on other campuses and local efforts to shape and sustain an ecosystem of learning spaces
  • the process of planning spaces for learning and the institutional vision of its future.