Making the Case: The Return on the Investment in 21st Century Environments for Learning
Making the case for determining the return on the investment of institutional resources in physical and virtual environments for learning can be calibrated from several perspectives: focusing on learners, institutional programmatic and pedagogical initiatives, faculty and budgets, and, finally, on the institutional image into the future.
B. From the Perspective of Institutional Assets
My personal take-away thought from my roundtable experience is the importance of identifying existing institutional assets in the earliest stages of planning. On our campus, we have many: amazing human capital, substantive engagement with a broad community of stakeholders beyond the campus, and a diversity of cultures represented by our students and within our faculty.
I leave with a greater awareness of the need to focus on, define, and transform our learning culture by building on such identified assets, with a collective determination to achieve a campus-wide learning culture. I am reflecting on what it would mean if we started giving attention to spaces for learning for everyone in our community—for student learning, faculty and staff learning, everyone learning everywhere?