Past Webinars

 

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. 
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

May 5, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Moderator:

  • Linda Slakey, Senior Advisor for the Association of American Universities (AAU) STEM Initiative and Senior Fellow for Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)/Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). 

University of Arizona Facilitators:

  • 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

 

 

April 15, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Moderator:

  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Facilitators:

  • Verna Case, Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning and Research—Davidson College
  • Nancy Lape, Associate Professor of Engineering—Harvey Mudd College

Predicting the future is not easy, but this is really not about predicting the future—it is about attending to the current reality:

 We need a whole generation with the capacities for creative thinking and for thriving in a collaborative culture….People are not born with inherent innovation skills, but they can learn them. They can acquire the skills to work in diverse, multidisciplinary team, learn adaptability and leadership.  

National Innovation Initiative Summit and Report: Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change, Council on Competitiveness. 2005.

 

March 5, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Moderator:

  • Bonnie Sanborn, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis - Cornell University

Facilitator:

  • Felix Kronenberg, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Language Learning - Rhodes College

 

January 28, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Moderator:

  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Facilitators:

  • Dennis Cuddy, ​Manager of Administration and Facilities for the Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry - UMBC
  • Russ Ellis, Lab Coordinator, Integrated Science Program - McMaster University
  • Carolyn H. Eyles, Professor, P.Geo., 3M National Teaching Fellow, Director, Integrated Science Program, School of Geography & Earth Sciences - McMaster University
  • William R. LaCourse, Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - UMBC
  • ​David O. Ribble, Murchison Term Professor and Chair of Biology - Trinity University & Trinity Colleagues
  • Sarah Symons, Assistant Professor, Integrated Science Program & Department of Physics and Astronomy - McMaster University

 

 

November 20, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Moderator:

  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Facilitators:

  • Elliot Felix, Director - brightspot strategy
  • Dana C. Gierdowski, Visiting Senior Program Coordinator, Writing Excellence Initiative, Office of the Provost - Elon University
  • Bonnie Sanborn, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis - Cornell University

 

 

October 27, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Moderator:

  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Facilitators:

  • Rosarie Coughlan, Scholarly Publishing Librarian - Queen's University
  • Joseph Fennewald, Associate Librarian and Head Tombros McWhirter Knowledge Commons – Penn State University Libraries
  • Lennie Scott-Webber, Director Education Environments Globally - Steelcase Education Solutions 
  • Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries – Grand Valley State University

 

 

September 16, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Moderator:

  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Facilitators:

  • Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Associate Director – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Deputy Director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and Lecturer at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design - Stanford University
  • Russell G. Carpenter, Director, Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and Program Director, Minor in Applied Creative Thinking - Eastern Kentucky University

Learning Goals:

  • How to shape a process for "listening" to multiple constituents and stakeholders, for understanding your institutional DNA
  • How to incorporate "play" into the process of planning new and/or repurposed spaces for learning as a means to build consensus about what the space is to be, become, accomplish
  • How to imagine, design, and equip spaces and clusters of spaces that provide an active-learning environment designed to stimulate creative and critical thinking.
 

A metaphor for spaces nurturing inventors
From the Spring 2014 LSC/Epicenter/NCIIA Workshop at the d.school

Presenting and critiquing spatial metaphors
From the Spring 2014 ​LSC/Epicenter/NCIIA Workshop at the d.school

 

 

June 23, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Facilitators:

  • Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director - Coalition for Networked Information
  • Henry Myerberg, Principal - HMA2
  • Anu Vedantham, Director, Weigle Information Commons - University of Pennsylvania Libraries

The designers of our active learning spaces are often not the people who teach or learn in them. Well-intended technology and design choices pay off in some cases and sit dusty in others. An intentional approach to design is needed that takes into account both specialized uses of the space and generic uses, especially for informal learning spaces.  After an analysis of some learning spaces planning issues, we will look at a series of concrete examples at the University of Pennsylvania of gadgets, software-based and furniture-based technologies. For each, we will ask - why did we choose to implement them? How did we use them? Did they work as expected? How did our usage choices inform the next moment of decision-making? In the spirit of appreciative inquiry and building on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) literature, we will abstract out some ideas for extrapolation.

 

 

May 1, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Exploring teaching labs: 21st century STEM teaching labs are evidence of how research on learning is transforming undergraduate learning environments—that learning is becoming more collaborative and more authentic—preparing learners for the world of STEM practitioners beyond the campus.

Facilitated by members of the LSC Guide working group and others from the LSC community. 

Facilitators/Planners:

  • Amelia J. Ahern-Rindell, Associate Professor, Department of Biology - University of Portland; President-Elect - Council on Undergraduate Research

  • Elizabeth L. Ambos, Executive Officer - Council on Undergraduate Research

  • Michel George, Associate Vice President for Facilities - Lewis & Clark College

  • Richard M. Heinz, Principal and Vice President - RFD

  • Mike Jackson, Chair of the Department of Physics - Central Washington University; Division Director for Physics and Astronomy - Council on Undergraduate Research

  • Michael Reagan, Vice President, Science+Technology Market Sector Lead - Stantec

  • Julio C. Rivera, Provost & Professor of Geography - Carthage College; President - Council on Undergraduate Research

 

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