Past Webinars

April 23, 2013

4:00 p.m. EDT


  • Amanda Bemer, Assistant Professor of English - Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Cheryl E. Ball, Associate Professor of English - Illinois State University


Learning outcomes:
  • The value of student-centered planning, with a clear goals for the learning that was to happen in the renewed spaces
  • The reality that—no matter the field of study—21st century learners need access to spaces that enable engaged, team-based learning.

March 7, 2013
4:00 p.m. EST


  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal- Learning Spaces Collaboratory
  • Marci Sorter, Provost and Dean of the College- St. Olaf College
  • Rick Vaz, Dean, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies- Worcester Polytechnic Institute

This webinar captures discussions and products from the LSC workshop at the January AAC&U meeting in Atlanta. After wrestling with questions about what learners should become and what experiences enable that becoming, each table group shared their mental images of what kind of spaces enable those experiences. We share this one.

January 30, 2013
4:00 p.m. EST

Facilitator: Dr. Richard Wlezien, Professor and Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair in Aerospace Engineering– Iowa State University

December 11, 2012
4:00 p.m. EST

The mission of Project Oasis is to create and support co-curricular study spaces for UIC students. These informal learning environments are strategically located to complement classrooms and other formally structured learning environments.

Initial Project Goals and Funding

Initially, these spaces were targeted for leftover, marginal, and peripheral spaces in east campus classroom buildings. Some spaces were already used for vending, study carrels, or benches but were cold and uninviting; others were just extra floor area, either part of or adjacent to circulation space. They were all in buildings with centrally administered classrooms, and thus served no single academic department or college. Thus, there was no particular unit that took an interest in fixing up existing areas or creating new ones. Early Oasis projects were funded in a variety of ways: personal contributions from concerned faculty and administrators and pooled funds from a variety of academic units were supplemented by relatively small contributions from the Office of the Provost. On the strength of improvements realized through those early projects, later Oases have succeeded in securing funds from larger donations by alumni, and the Provost continues to contribute as well. 


  • Wendy Jeanes, Assistant Director, Office of Campus Learning Environments
  • David Taeyaerts, Director, Office of Campus Learning Environments

November 14, 2012


  • Jeremy Todd, Director, Office of Classroom Management
  • J.D. Walker, Manager, Research and Evaluation, Office of Information Technology
  • Robin Wright, Associate Dean, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development