What one question—reflecting colloquium discussions and the current status of planning we’re now involved in—should we bring back to our colleagues for their attention and action?
This question, addressed by table groups during the final session of the 2019 LSC National Colloquium, reflected the DNA of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory. Aware of the power of questions as drivers for change, the LSC began in 2010 with a retreat engaging an intentionally diverse group of academics with expertise and passion for imagining and realizing spaces that work. They identified four essential, timeless questions around which to shape the LSC agenda into the future:
Reports from the 2019 LSC Colloquium signal how much the planning community has learned since 2010. Consider how asking a simple question—what do we want our learners to become?—has morphed into a kaleidoscope of questions about students, all of which must be addressed if the planning ‘problem’ is to be solved. And, consider new kinds of questions that have emerged—how risk-adverse is our institutional culture? and what do we want our institution to become?—that are now essential questions to drive the process of planning.
Connecting within and beyond the campus community
Focusing on inclusive environments that serve all ways of thinking, learning and doing
Creating Ecosystems for Learning
The LSC is a community focusing on the future of planning learning spaces.
AAC&U STEM Matters: The Formula for Driving Innovation webinar
December 11, 2019
Online, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (ET)
The cultivation of broadening participation and inclusive excellence in STEM is not limited to institutions of higher education. Government agencies and professional organizations play a critical role in funding, designing, and implementing many innovative and existing reform initiatives and programs. As such, opportunities to understand and engage around the perspectives of program officers and funding agencies are critical in sustaining and promoting the growth and impact of this important work. This webinar will bring together program officers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation for a facilitated discussion with Office Undergraduate STEM Education of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Panelists will share their professional trajectories, journeys, and vision for undergraduate STEM education reform.Read More
The Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture was created by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park, to take advantage of the possibilities presented by new visual media for enhanced teaching and learning. The facility evolved from Department’s Visual Resources Center, the provider of the thousands of slides used in the traditional art history classroom.Read More
2019 LSC National Colloquium – November 1 – 3, 2019
The LSC Guide II organizes the resources in the Roadmap around the key questions to be explored as planning happen—beginning with those questions that need attention early-on, that will return to the table again and again in the process of planning.
Some resources to inform the process of questioning are included in the Guide; this are just illustrative of the extraordinary resources—findings about how learning happens, how planning happens, stories from diverse campuses, reports from national associations.
LSC colleague Steve Fiore, Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Professor, Central Florida University, Central Florida University, has alerted us to the Conference on Hybrid Learning Spaces in Delft, September 16. Under the challenge that: the spaces we teach and learn in are changing, questions to be addressed include those about personalization and collaboration, ownerships and empowerment, representation and interpretation and ethics.