Structures for Science: A Handbook for Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science Communities (PKAL 1995)

The work of the LSC builds on decades of facilities-related initiatives undertaken by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an NSF-funded project (1988) to identify and promote best practices in strengthening undergraduate STEM. The early PKAL leadership group quickly realized that attention to spaces was critical, if larger national goals for undergraduate learning were to be realized. In […]

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Report on Reports II

Transforming America’s Scientific and Technological Infrastructure: Recommendations for Urgent Action Project Kaleidoscope, 2006 The reports cited in these pages present specific recommendations for immediate action by one or many of the stakeholder communities: educational and business leaders, politicians and parents, staff of public and private funding agencies. The highlighted “calls to action” are one beginning […]

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From the Archives: A Portfolio of Questions from LSC Webinars (2010 – 2015)

From the Archives-LSC Webinar Questions 2010-2015 Planning Toward Substantive, Sustainable Transformation of the Undergraduate Learning Environment A Portfolio: Questions extracted and distilled from the archive of LSC webinars A prompt for those responsible for the physical learning environment.

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From the Archives: Sandboxing

The value of sandboxing as an essential planning strategy is a major lesson learned over the past two decades of attention to learning spaces in the undergraduate setting. In planning physical environments for learning, a sandbox can be a metaphor for a gathering or space designated for exploring approaches to enhance learning in ways different from standard practice in […]

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Lessons Learned: Building Community – Transforming Institutions

This essay from the LSC Archives, Lessons learned: Building Community – Transforming Institutions, will be a major resource for the LSC Roundtables 2.0 scheduled for fall 2018 and early winter 2019. It speaks about the power of questions, the nature and complexity of change; it informs all stages of the process of setting and realizing […]

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The LSC Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners

How do you measure return on investment of time, energy and funds expended in shaping and sustaining physical environments serving 21st century learners? How does space influence the nature of the learning experience? How can focusing on what students are to become, on how learning happens drive the process of shaping and sustaining 21st century learning environments? This guide, […]

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Understanding Key Questions

Given what has been learned in recent years about shaping new spaces for undergraduate STEM communities and recognizing new challenges and opportunities facing 21st century students and society— including advances in science and technology, what questions should prospective clients be asking you— what are the critical “questions for the future?”

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From Audits to Quick Fixes: Critical Questions

The process of planning new spaces for learning, either new or renovated, is complex and time-consuming. The importance of identifying and addressing the right questions, in a timely manner, has been one of the major lessons learned over our history of focusing on what works in planning spaces for undergraduate learning communities. From the beginning […]

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What Difference do Improved Facilities Make?: A Report to the PKAL Committee of Visitors

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