Past Webinars


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


  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory


  • 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


  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory


  • 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

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



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


  • 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. 


  • 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



March 25, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Exploring lecture spaces: spaces—tiered or flat—morphing from an instructor-centered to a team-based, peer-to-peer learning environments, providing opportunities for flipping the classroom. 

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


February 19, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Exploring classrooms: rooms designated as registrar-assigned spaces in which students engage in learning that is collaborative, authentic, project-based, using interactive technologies with increasing intensity, spaces that can evolve, adaptable for research-based pedagogical approaches. 

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


January 21, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Exploring common spaces: those agile and flexible enough to accommodate learners in groups large and small, before, after, and sometimes during scheduled class periods; those welcoming and transparent enough to shape a community of learners; spaces giving students authority to own their learning, their spaces for learning.

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


November 6, 2013
4:00 p.m. EDT


  • Philip G. Knobloch, Audio Visual Services Manager
  • Gabriela C. Weaver, Professor of Chemistry and Science Education and Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of Discovery Learning Research Center


October 15, 2013
4:00 p.m. EDT


  • Kevin G. Kirby, Dean, College of Informatics


September 26, 2013
4:00 p.m. EDT


  • John Jungck, Director of the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories -  University of Delaware 
  • John Marshall, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning - University of Michigan
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal- Learning Spaces Collaboratory