Jeanne L. Narum

Learning Spaces Collaboratory (Founding Director, Project Kaleidoscope)


As founding principal of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC), since 2010 Jeanne Narum’s professional focus is on promoting best practices in visioning, planning, and assessing physical spaces serving 21st-century undergraduate learners and learning communities. Her leadership within the LSC reflects more than two decades engaging with academics and architects involved in integrated planning of the undergraduate learning environment—physical, intellectual, and social.

From 1989 – 2010, Narum was Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an NSF-funded initiative to catalyze the transformation of undergraduate STEM learning environments. This was a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading agents of change from STEM disciplinary communities and from individual campuses, as well as with creative design professionals, to develop and disseminate resources that inform planning of formal and informal spaces for 21st century STEM learners.

From 2003 – 2009, with support from NITLE, Narum facilitated workshops focusing on planning technology-enhanced spaces, including information commons and classrooms. She has had leadership responsibility for over 100 PKAL/LSC facilities-related activities designed to advance awareness of how space matters to learning and of planning strategies to realize that spaces matter for a particular community.