From the January LSC Webinar

The prelude for the January 21st LSC webinar on common spaces highlighted a variety of ways common spaces within an ecosystem of learning spaces serve larger learning goals, those set by the institutions and those desired by society.

... a challenge to academic leaders is to think of new metaphors for shaping goals for student learning, a challenge particularly relevant for those with responsibility and opportunity to shape learning experiences and learning spaces. [To have] meaningful and productive lives in our increasingly flat world (students) must be great collaborators, leveragers, localizers; they must be ‘green’ (yup, just green); they must be great explainers, great synthesizers, great adapters, and they must be passionate personalizers.
—Thomas L. Friedman. International meeting on the Campus of the Future (SCUP, etal.). July 2006. 

From the LSC Guide

  • Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District: Sabine Hall Science Building
    Profile and Essay

From the LSC Archives

People are not born with inherent innovation skills, but they can learn them. They can acquire the social skills to work in diverse, multidisciplinary teams, and learn adaptability and leadership. They can develop communication skills to describe their innovation. They can learn to be comfortable with ambiguity … to translate challenges in opportunities and understand how to complete solutions from a range of resources.
—Council on Competitiveness. National Innovation Initiative Summit and Report: Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change. 2005.




Individuals working in creative spaces exhibit some common desires and tensions. Creative individuals want to arrange, modify, and adapt their personal work spaces to meet their own needs and whimsy. It is almost a cliché that creative people have messy spaces and espouse a hands-on mentality.
— Report on Places of Invention: The First Lemelson Institute. The Lemelson Institute, 2007.


Upcoming Events


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. 


The 7th Annual Canadian Learning Commons Conference
June 9-11, 2014
Hosted by Bishop's University at the Delta Hotel Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec


June 13, 2014
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

This workshop offers a discussion of current and future trends in learning spaces for higher education—not only from the design point of view, but also assessment, budget, utilization, IT and instructional design at the institution. 


LSC Guide Session : Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners

SCUP’s 49th Annual, International Conference “Plan for Transformation” 

July 12–16, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA