Of Special Note

An LSC Assessment Initiative

The LSC focus on assessment begins with the LSC National Zoom Conference on Assessment scheduled for August 1, 2018. The agenda is to explore three dimensions of this initiative: i) what we now know—from research and from the field—about how spaces matter to the experience of learning and to the institutional culture; ii) what we now need to know, based on current research and practice; and iii) what we might need to know to inform and inspire the efforts of those responsible for shaping learning environments for undergraduate learners.

Continuing discussions will focus on emerging assessment-related questions that build on those findings and reflect the changing context…concluding with musing about questions not yet on our collective radar screen. This Zoom meeting will be facilitated by Gail Burd, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs—University of Arizona, who will report on the process at UA of integrating attention to assessment into their efforts to shape spaces for active-learning across campus. Panelists include members of the LSC Assessment Initiative Leadership Team.

LSC Roundtables in 2018 – 2019 will continue conversations about what we know and what we need to know about planning for assessing.

With this Zoom Conference we introduce a new LSC initiative: focusing on exploring and analyzing and documenting data and stories about spaces that make a difference, about planning processes that make a difference. This Zoom Conference will give an overview of the why, the who, and the how of assessment. Brief comments will be made about what we know about  particular learning experiences and spaces, as well as particular planning strategies. Further comments will be made about what we need to know.  This Zoom conference will be facilitated by the LSC Assessment Leadership Task Force.

August 1, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Please join us either virtually or in person at Santa Clara University.
Further information will be posted next week. Send an email to pkallsc@pkallsc.org if you are interested in joining this conversation.



Essays based on conversations at LSC Roundtables are a primary feature of the LSC Roadmap. We present here three essays from the roundtable at the University of Missouri Kansas City. These essays, designed around question that we should be asking, explore why those questions are important. They are designed to prompt and provoke conversations among academics,  in architectural offices, and between academics and architecture. Questions posed in these essays include:

Note: From the Archives: Essay on Sandboxing.

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The diversity of topics explored in LSC webinars reflects complexity of opportunities and challenges that face those responsible for the physical environment for learning. Snapshots from two webinars signal how and why attention needs to be given to places of learning beyond the formal classroom.

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Announcing Upcoming LSC Roundtables 2.0

Beginning in fall 2018, LSC Roundtables will focus on institutional policies and practices for transforming the physical environment for learning—before, during, and after engaging architects. Participants in these roundtables (2.0) will leave with an outline of a plan of action to share and implement with campus colleagues.

Early Registration Deadline: September 15, 2018

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A link to what we know about planning learning spaces and what we need to know

Learning Spaces Collaboratory

The LSC is a community focusing on the future of planning learning spaces.



The LSC is a collaborating community of academics and architects, a diverse community of stakeholders with a shared commitment to sustainable transformation of the undergraduate environment for learning for all students.

SENCER, the signature initiative of the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement, is a national project focused on empowering faculty and improving STEM teaching and learning by making connections to civic issues.

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The value of sandboxing as an essential planning strategy is a major lesson learned over the past two decades of attention to learning spaces in the undergraduate setting.

In planning physical environments for learning, a sandbox can be a metaphor for a gathering or space designated for exploring approaches to enhance learning in ways different from standard practice in a given institutional context.

Sandboxing as a workshop process is intended as a learning experience for a diverse set of on-campus stakeholders. It becomes an experimental venue for exploring hypotheses about how learning happens and about how space matters to learning.

From the Archives: Sandboxing>>>

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An LSC National Zoom Conference on Assessment
August 1, 2018

2018 LSC Roundtables 2.0

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Featured in the STEM | PROF Newsletter No. 96 (July 11 – 18, 2018), “The Lecture Machine: A Cultural Evolutionary Model of Pedagogy in Higher Education” (CBE—Life Sciences Education, Vol. 17, No. 3) essay examines why, in spite of the evidence in favor of active learning, changing the pedagogical practices of faculty is a difficult task with no simple solutions.

LINK: Access the article here>>>