Thinking About Learning as a Beginning to Find One’s Place in the World
My idea is that learning can be described as a symbolic route, perhaps a journey. That we might start with a small learning experience that is fixed, relatively small. And from that particular learning experience, new worlds begin to open up and the mind of the learner becomes enlarged. And porosity is moving both ways—as […]
Planning and Designing for Inclusivity
“Our group was drawn together by the similarity of our individual introductory reflections on what keeps us up at night. Each of us said something about not being quite sure we have a clear understanding of who our learners are, about the students for whom we are planning learning spaces. Speaking as an architect, this […]
How Do We Disrupt the System?
We were asked to articulate and visualize the most audacious question to be asked by a planning team of academics or of academics and architects at the very beginning of planning. We intend to challenge the current planning process, by asking this question: How do we disrupt the system?
Thinking Metaphorically about Spaces for Learning
We began with an overarching discussion about student-centered, student-focused, student-driven learning spaces. We were fluid about the particular spaces we were thinking about: a lecture hall, lab, makerspace, whatever. Our feeling was that the ideas we were discussing spanned many different kinds of learning and learning spaces, from libraries to spaces for career counseling, and […]