LSC Postings re: Planning (August 2015)

The LSC Summer Webinar Snapshots have highlighted various iterations of "registrar-assigned" learning spaces, each of which have in common spatial affordances that have come to characterize 21st century learning spaces.  Each also suggests the power of asking the question: What will the user be doing in this space? This is a question for the early stages of imagining new spaces, repurposing existing spaces—or perhaps making an initial institutional audit to determine if your current portfolio of spaces reflects the institutional vision of how learning happens within your community. 

The LSC Summer Webinar Snapshot from Rhodes College suggests other questions to address in the audit: What is the job description for this space? How many different ways can this be used as a space for learning?  The story from Rhodes College on Adapting Classrooms for Student-centered & Technologically-supported Pedagogies is an exemplary demonstration of how a single space can serve multiple needs—as a registrar-assigned space, as a meeting place for student groups, for mentoring and connecting to peers and faculty colleagues.

We invite you to examine the photos below, together with those in the other Snapshots and the LSC Guide, asking questions such as: What makes this a game-changing space? What are the spatial affordances that make the space work?




Upcoming Events


September 23, 2015​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT


  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory


  • Jacqueline P. Ashby,  Simon Fraser University
  • Bryan Cannon, SmithGroupJJR
  • Tim O'Connell, HOK
  • Kurt Paterson, James Madison University
  • Bonnie Sanborn, Cornell University
  • Esther Vargas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Susan Whitmer, Herman Miller

Learning Outcomes:

  • Why attention to makerspaces is increasingly important.
  • What we have learned about makerspaces that work and how we know.
  • How to imagine makerspaces for the future.
  • How to realize makerspaces for the future. 


Part of the DNA of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory is encouraging campuses to move from analysis to action.  

Over the past several years, LSC webinars have spotlighted stories about transforming the physical environment for learning. Some of these were significant initiatives—resulting in major new facilities or renovated spaces. Other stories were about beginning the process of transforming the physical environment by giving attention to low-hanging fruit.

Over the summer, we will be presenting a series of LSC Webinar Snapshots, sharing with the broader LSC community lessons learned about the value of mindful planning. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago Experience with Project Oasis, an Informal Learning Space Program
David Taeyaerts, Director, Office of Campus Learning Environments - University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC Webinar Snapshot #1

UIC Project Oasis Session Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain insights on the role informal learning spaces (ILS) play in enhancing students’ collegiate experience
  • Understand the ‘kit of parts’ used to create a common language for an ILS and how each design is tweaked to make it unique
  • Explore metrics used to measure the success of an ILS’s. 
  • Learn how to create and sustain an informal learning space program, with internal and external support.


Implementing an AAU STEM Initiative at The University of Arizona
Gail Burd, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
John Pollard, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Chemistry
Jane Hunter, UA AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project
Robyn Huff-Eibl, University Libraries

UA Webinar Snapshot #2

Learning Outcomes:

  • See significant opportunities for synergy among efforts in course design, faculty development, and redesign of learning spaces.
  • Be inspired to work with what you have – you don’t have to wait for a new building.
  • Feel empowered to use collaborative learning spaces even for classes as large as 250 students.


What Works: Important Questions for Technologies and Pedagogies in 21st Century Learning Commons
Anu Vedantham, Director, Weigle Information Commons - University of Pennsylvania Libraries
John MacDermott, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Computing

UPenn Webinar Snapshot #3


Adapting Classrooms for Student-centered & Technologically-supported Pedagogies
​Felix Kronenberg, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Language Learning - Rhodes College

Rhodes College Webinar Snapshot #4

To gain a deeper understanding of:

  • how to evaluate each feature of a physical space for learning for its potential impact on the quality and character of the experience of learning 
  • what flexibility means  in the context of a space intended for active, technology-enhanced learning
  • the optimal relationship between the designers and users of these learning environments.


Steps Taken to Imagine, Prototype, Design, Construct, and Assess a Major Library Renovation- The Duke LINK Project
Edward D. Gomes, Associate Dean of Technology Services, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences— Duke University

Key Points:

  • Developing planning principles: scenarios and case studies
  • Imagining the future: beta-projects and mock-ups
  • Establishing design principles: enhanced collaborative, interdisciplinary, and eLearning
  • Exploring and assessing the end result.



Learning Space Design for the Ethnically Diverse Undergraduate Classroom
Mary Anne Akers, Dean - Morgan State University
Jim Determan, Principal - Hord Coplan Macht

How to connect the dots between:

  • institutional goals for student learning--what learners are to become and the process of planning spaces for learning
  • research on how learning happens to the process of planning spaces for learning
  • the work of pioneering agents of change on other campuses and local efforts to shape and sustain an ecosystem of learning spaces
  • the process of planning spaces for learning and the institutional vision of its future.



October 13-14, 2015
Washington University in St. Louis


October 20, 2015​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

(American Association of Colleges and Universities. “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success.” 2015.)


October 22 - 25, 2015

The School of Education & Social Policy is hosting the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies at Merrimack College is located in North Andover, MA.



December 9, 2015​
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST

(National Science Foundation. Solving the Puzzle: Researching the Impacts of Climate Change Around the World. 2009.)