Of Special Note

At the LSC National Colloquium

Campuses as Ecosystems of Classrooms, Labs, Makerspaces and Offices

    What do we need to know about the experiences of administrators and staff in the offices we are planning for them within the broader institutional ecosystem for learning?

Campus leaders need to examine their investment in creating, operating, and maintaining the entire campus ecosystem. This would include attention to all facilities, the landscapes, the utility structure, and the transportation network. I am interested in exploring how we can incorporate attention to the experience of administrators, staff, and faculty in the offices we plan for them, just as we give attention to the experience of the learners in the spaces we plan for them.

How might we focus on one particularly overlooked part of the ecosystem: what might be called academic and administrative spaces, those for administrators and staff in all areas of responsibility across the institution? We need to ask if we are tapping into the investments we have made and will be making in these kind of spaces that will result in the kind of spaces that will give our institutions the best return over the long-term.

Join this conversation with Howard Wertheimer, Chief Operating Officer – Piedmont Park Conservancy (Formerly at Georgia Tech) at the LSC National Colloquium.

(Featured photo from 2018 LSC/CNI Roundtable: Libraries as Spaces for 21st Century Learners & Learning)

At The LSC Colloquium: An Ecosystem for Learning

Informal Spaces

At institutions of higher education we understand that learning doesn’t stop at the classroom door and that we need to provide an ecosystem of spaces to support both formal and informal learning. Informal learning spaces are often thought of as “between spaces” that provide students with opportunities outside the classroom for individual reflection, community building, and peer-to-peer learning. To be successful, these spaces require the same thoughtful planning we devote to formal learning spaces.

How does one begin planning informal learning spaces?

Join this conversation with David Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Learning Environments & Campus Architect (The University of Illinois at Chicago) at the LSC National Colloquium.

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At The LSC Colloquium: What is a campus?

This question is a foundational question for those responsible for the future of the campus. It leads to further questions that will be reflected in formal and informal conversations at the LSC National Colloquium:

  • How does the campus reflect our particular academic traditions?
  • Dow the campus reflect the values of our community today and our vision for our future?
  • What are the best, the strongest characteristics of our campuses that should be preserved and extended?
  • What are the buildings that our alumni return to again and again?
  • Is there a sense of place that brings life and meaning to our community?

Planning new spaces for learning can be a defining moment for an institution. It is an opportunity to step back as a community and reflect on the physical setting into which new spaces must fit.

From the Archives:  Volume III Structures for Science – Focusing on the Campus

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Announcing: An LSC Series of Conversations & Reflections

How Spaces Matter: What We Are Learning from Emerging Research and Practice in the Field

There has been a steadily growing awareness of how research in the cognitive and social sciences informs attention to spaces in which learning happens. The LSC is establishing a Series of Conversations and Reflections as a resource for planners. The introductory Conversation focuses on The Impact of Biophilic Design on Student Success.

Biophilia is the theory that human beings are innately connected to nature and living organisms. It is a universally human reaction to feel relaxed and more sensory aware in natural spaces. Through evolutionary adaption we now find beauty and calmness in the natural elements that once nourished and protected our remote ancestors.

The Research Team ( supported by AIA) engaging in this Conversation are: Jim Determan, FAIA, Craig Gaulden Davis; Bill Browning Hon. AIA, Terrapin Bright Green; Thomas Albright, Ph.D, The Salk Institute; Mary Anne Akers, PhD, Dean and Professor, Paul Archibald, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Catherine Martin-Dunlop, PhD.—all from Morgan State University.

Date: POSTPONED. New date TBD


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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.



LSC Collaborating Partners

LSC Collaborating Partners in many ways, individually and collectively, have a central role in the LSC community, gathering and sharing and advancing what we know about how spaces matter.

The work of each of these organizations influences and/or is influenced by attention to the quality and character of learning in American colleges and universities.

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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.

Institutional Profile and Essay — Excerpt from The LSC Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners

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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.

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Hybrid Learning Spaces

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.


From the Field Archive