A Conversation with Academics and Architects at WPI: A Job Description of a Space for Project-based Learning

This June 2018 LSC Roundtable focused on a specific pedagogical approach—project-based learning—and on the spatial characteristics and affordances important to the success of that pedagogy.

The Roundtable began with participants drawing and describing their mental image of the ideal space for PBL. This was followed by conversations between individuals and teams–about the characteristics of spaces that support the goals and vision of project-based learning.

Attending to a job description for spaces and places for a particular pedagogical and programmatic approach (such as PBL) is an opportunity to consider the utility of learning spaces and places into the future, thus an opportunity to bring diverse voices to the table beyond faculty immediately responsible for that particular approach.

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