Focusing on Spaces for Learning. If your campus is:
…Then come to the Learning Spaces National Colloquium, November 1- 3, 2019.
Two Perspectives on the Process of Planning
Malinin and LaCourse share their individual stories of imagining and realizing spaces for quite diverse communities of learners, beginning with focusing on the experience of the learner.
These were two quite different spatial types, yet they had a common goal: to enable interdisciplinary, engaged and applied learning, inspire innovation and creativity. Each story illustrates the complexity and iterative nature of planning—toward the end that the project is embraced by the campus community, focuses on the future, and enhances institutional distinction.Read More
That all participants leave with a deeper understanding about what we know and what we need to know about:
POSTERS from design firms and campus teams are a key feature of the Colloquium, and a key strategy for reaching those goals. Posters will be visible throughout the Colloquium, with formal poster sessions scheduled Friday and Saturday evenings. Colloquium posters will be incorporated in a Report from the 2019 LSC Colloquium to be published early in 2020.Read More
The LSC is a community focusing on the future of planning learning spaces.
The 2019 LSC National Colloquium Think Tank is diverse. It is diverse from many perspectives. It represents on-campus colleagues from a wide-range of responsibilities: faculty, deans, senior administrators, facilities officers, librarians and more. (Representative of colloquium participants.)
They represent national societies, including LSC Collaborating Partners. Collectively, they bring experience with all spatial types and with campus-wide efforts that link attention to the physical environment to an institution’s vision and goals for the future. Some bring expertise in assessing the impact of space on learning. Some are nationally-recognized for their work in challenging the larger community to be more aggressive, more creative in seeking to understanding how learning happens and how spaces matter.
We will be sharing reflections from members of the Think Tank in preparation for the November Colloquium. Here are reflections from Carlos G. Gutierrez, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus and Founding Director, Minority Opportunities in Research Programs – California State University Los Angeles.Read More
Moving from idea to physical reality in the process of planning learning spaces in the undergraduate setting is a long, complicated, complex undertaking, one that involves the collaborative involvement and leadership of many members of your community.
The challenge to those with leadership roles in the planning process—administrators, trustees, faculty and a wide range of stakeholders—is to create a climate in which such as committee can flourish. Your building will reflect the community that brought it to life; it will then nurture and sustain the community that it serves.
Upcoming LSC Activities
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.