Of Special Note

LSC National Colloquium

Focusing on Spaces for Learning. If your campus is:

  • anticipating a major facilities project within the next seven years
  • engaged in a campus-wide initiative of repurposing current spaces
  • re-examining if and how spaces serve institutional goals for inclusivity
  • looking for real-world of examples of best practices in planning from seasoned academics and design professionals…

…Then come to the Learning Spaces National Colloquium, November 1- 3, 2019.

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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.

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That all participants leave with a deeper understanding about what we know and what we need to know about:

  • How to shape a shared language and vision within a campus community about why spaces matter— to learners today and into the future, to the institution today and into the future; how to make the case to colleagues and clients.
  • How to examine campus culture for planning and assessing spaces that reflect that language and vision; how to identify and assess institutional assets (people, programs, places) relevant to realizing spaces that matter.
  • How to create and nurture a community with a shared commitment to incorporating attention to inclusivity—spaces serving all students, ecosystems—every space a learning space, and permeability—as a lens through which to design holistically.
  • How to incorporate attention to how institutional operations, programmatic initiatives, and how student successes are influenced by planning that embraces the future.
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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.

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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 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.

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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.

Leadership and Community

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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