Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces

Stories "from the field" are a powerful lens to visualize what works in shaping and reshaping undergraduate learning spaces—an opportunity to examine the efforts of outliers as well as those with continuing responsibility for the quality of the physical environment.

Calls to action and think-pieces "from the field" beyond academe also challenge planners to think in new ways about the why and the how of transforming learning spaces, whether they be sandbox spaces, discovery learning or innovation centers commons.

Spotlighting evocative stories and reports from the field will be a regular part of LSC postings. We begin with attention to the Journal of Learning Spaces. 

From the Journal of Learning Spaces hosted by the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Vol 4, No 1 (2015).
Journal of Learning Spaces is a peer-reviewed open access journal that provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design.
 - Michael A Crumpton, Editor in Chief JOLS Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, University Libraries, UNC Greensboro

Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces
Kathleen G Scholl, Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi - University of Northern Iowa



Today’s university learning environments must encompass more than technology upgrades and classroom additions - the entire campus must be perceived as a holistic learning space that provides a holistic learning experience. The potential of campus nature in replenishing student cognitive functioning is underutilized. Recognizing campuses as vital learning landscapes harnesses their potential as attentional resources. A whole-systems approach to campus design requires communication and collaboration among academic, administrative and facilities planning stakeholders. This approach goes beyond the aesthetic value of campus open spaces for student recruitment to advertising its educational value that emphasizes something deeper than what meets the eye.