LSC Webinar - Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT
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Registration fee per institution: $125. This fee includes access to a recording of the webinar.

From Participants: Why is this webinar of interest to you?


  • 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.

This webinar will be an opportunity to: 

  • gain insights and practical advice about how to transform and repurpose spaces to nurture the capacity of learners to become agents of their own learning, creative thinkers and problem-solvers, striving explorers, informed trailblazers, risk-takers engaged in out-of-the-box thinking. 
  • learn about a team-based approach to imagining such spaces, capturing the experience of participants in a March workshop (LSC/Epicenter/NCIIA) at the at Stanford. 
  • be introduced to new vocabulary and lenses for exploring how different kinds of on-campus learning spaces can be construed as a "space for creativity," capturing provocative ideas from the  LSC project  on creativity funded by the Sloan Foundation. 
  • be inspired by photos and stories from the field to reimagine how planning happens when there is a shared vision about how learning happens and about the nature and affordances of spaces that serve societal and institutional goals for what students should become. 

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


Metaphorical Language and Mental Images of Creative Situations
LSC Initiative on Spaces Nurturing Creativity

Zip spaces:
As 21st Century learners are increasingly nomadic by nature. Zip-Space encourages nomadic populations to utilize a shared-system of spaces by leveraging on demand, anytime, anywhere accessibility. An institution can thus provide a “fleet” of unassigned spaces that offers a variety of spatial choices for an individual’s or groups’ creative need. In addition, a mobile app or web-based application can provide bookable capability for a variety of space-needs varying in scale and duration for: conferences, meetings, teaming, group or individual study. --  Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, SOM

(WIllamette University - Courtesy of SRG Partnership)

(University of Illinois at Chicago - Courtesy of Dave Taeyaerts)


  • From the LSC Guide: Eastern Kentucky University: Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
    Profile and Essay

Additional Resources