How People Learn II

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures provides a much-needed update incorporating insights gained from this research over the past decade. The book expands on the foundation laid out in the 2000 report and takes an in-depth look at the constellation of influences that affect individual learning. How People Learn II will become an indispensable resource to […]

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Learning Spaces for Undergraduate Mathematics

What kind of learning spaces work for undergraduate mathematics learning communities? This question was posed by an architect with more experience in shaping spaces for learners and researchers in the laboratory sciences. We sent this question to colleagues at MAA (Mathematical Association of America), who forwarded the question to members of the MAA Project NExT. […]

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Social Creativity: Making All Voices Heard

by Gerhard Fischer, Center for LifeLong Learning and Design (L3D) – University of Colorado The power of the unaided individual mind is highly overrated. Much human creativity is social, arising from activities that take place in a social context in which interaction with other people and the artifacts that embody collective knowledge are essential contributors. Social creativity […]

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From the LSC Archives: NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar Interviews

A collection of reflections by STEM faculty honored almost two decades ago as recipients of the NSF Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. In her role as Founding Director of Project Kaleidoscope, Jeanne L. Narum was commissioned by the National Science Foundation (2001 – 2005) to interview DTS Awardees and prepare a publication for distribution […]

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From the LSC Archives Postings: Essays

The People of Reform At the 2005 PKAL Seminar on Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, The keynote speaker was William Pulleybank described his work in orchestrating, in 2004, the development of IBM’s Blue Gene super computer, as well as his involvement with the Council on Competitiveness’s National Innovation Initiative (NI). The […]

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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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