LSC Webinar: Anticipating the future for 21st century learners and 21st century learning spaces: an overview of national reports that inform and challenge planners

Thursday, September 26, 2013

4:00 p.m. EST
(Webinar will last about 1 hour)

Registration fee per institution: $100
A recording of the webinar will be available to all registrants.

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  • John Jungck, Director of the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories -  University of Delaware 
  • John Marshall, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning - University of Michigan
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal- Learning Spaces Collaboratory
Local responses to national challenges
  • The DBER report focuses on the national challenge to prepare graduates equipped with society’s most important problems—which are usually ill-defined.  What kind of undergraduate learning spaces prepare 21st century problem solvers?
  • A New Biology calls for integration—reintegration of the sub-disciplines of biology and into the biology of physicists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians—to create a research community with the capacity to tackle a broad range of scientific and societal problems? What kind of undergraduate learning spaces facilitate such integration into the future?
  • The Engineer of 2020 suggests that the description of critical attributes of the engineer of the future must include attributes such as dynamism, agility, resilience and flexibility. What kind of undergraduate learning spaces nurture such attributes?
  • The Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation report emphasizes the imperative of a campus-wide commitment to inclusiveness.  How can the planning of undergraduate learning spaces contribute to an institution’s capacity for ensuring the success of all undergraduates, particularly those from communities underrepresented in STEM fields?
  • The PCAST report captures challenges from the other reports, concluding with the challenge that immediate attention be paid to what happens at the introductory level, emphasizing in particular project-based, real-world learning.  How can new and repurposed spaces on our campuses respond to this challenge?

This LSC webinar will spotlight the efforts of John Jungck (Director of the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories at the University of Delaware) and John Marshall (Architecture & Urban Planning, Multidiscplinary Design Program at the University of Michigan). Each of these spaces- one new building and one repurposed room- illustrates approaches to addressing recommendations in ARISE 2.