Understanding and Planning 21st Century Learning Spaces: Getting It Right!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Innovations In Teaching and Learning Conference
Pre-conference workshop

1:00 – 5:00 PM Thursday, April 26, 2012
Stamp Union, University of Maryland
College Park, MD


  • Jeanne L. Narum,
Learning Spaces Collaboratory
  • Spencer Benson, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland

This will be a collaborative, team-based, outcome focused workshop in which administrators, faculty, architects, facilities managers and university planners will grapple with the difficult tasks of planning and implementing learning spaces that support and enhance 21st century learning. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises designed to help them better understand what learning spaces are, how space impact student learning, the instructional and spaces needs for 21st century teaching and learning and best practices to designing and implementing new learning spaces. Too often learning spaces are designed without fully engaging the views, insights and needs of the many stakeholders; faculty, facilities, students, librarians, donors, architects and administrators. This workshop will serve to bring together various stakeholders into a rich conversation on the interconnections of learning, teaching and the roles that spaces (both physical and virtual) play in determining 21st century educational landscapes.