NITLE-CIC Workshop

Learning Spaces & Technology Workshop - Rhodes College

February 17 - 19, 2006

This workshop was organized in part by the Council of Independent Colleges and NITLE.



An Overview of the Planning Process
Arthur J. Lidsky
How should a campus think about technology in the broader context of the institutional mission and academic plan? This session will summarize various approaches to facilities planning and the importance of creating an institutional framework for decision-making. Within that context, the session will discuss how to structure a successful planning process and define what should be expected in the outcome; how to do a classroom planning and utilization study; how to set guidelines for creating information commons and related collaborative learning spaces; how to deal with unanticipated setbacks and opportunities; and how to build consensus. As teaching, learning, and communication technologies continuously evolve, this session will also describe strategies for anticipating change.
Classrooms: Focus on Technology - Enhanced Pedagogies and Learning
Michael C. Lauber, Scott E. Siddall
This presentation focuses on three different yet interdependent perspectives of the college classroom: that of the classroom designer, classroom instructor, and classroom manager. Each perspective adds insight to the basic question: how should we change our classrooms to best support faculty and serve our students? One-size-fits-all thinking rarely works, so in a resource-limited setting, what are the practical solutions? Incremental improvements usually don't alter teaching practices or learning outcomes, or expand our thinking through tranformative designs. And how do we know when we've enhanced learning? We have some provocative notions to inspire and team discussions about how design and technology may improve learning and teaching.
Coordinating Campus-Wide Classroom Planning
Michael C. Lauber, Charles L. Stinemetz
What factors need to be considered when developing a campus-wide classroom plan? How can architects/planners and institutional planning groups work effectively to develop a classroom plan that addresses the wide variety of pedagogical approaches employed in higher education? In this session we will share our recent experiences in developing an effective campus-wide classroom plan.
Design Considerations: Considering Implications of Renovation/New Construction
Kent Duffy
All college and university campuses have an enormous investment in existing teaching and learning spaces. In this light, any comprehensive effort to improve these facilities will necessarily involve extensive renovations. Sometimes, however, there is a choice as to whether to build new or renovate, particularly when the cost-benefits of new construction approach break-even with the cost-benefits of renovations.
Design Considerations: Considering Sustainability Issues
Kent Duffy
This session will identify expectations and set goals for sustainability. It will illustrate planning and engineering issues that are of concern in developing a sustainable project and use examples to illustrate techniques and considerations in the programming and design of such facilities.
Discussion Questions from Plenary I
Scott Bennett, Joan K. Lippincott
What is it about the learning that will happen in this space that compels us to build a bricks and mortar learning space, rather than rely on a virtual one? How might this space be designed to encourage students to spend more time studying and working more productively? For what position on the spectrum from isolated study to collaborative study should this learning space be designed? How will claims to authority over knowledge be managed by the design of this space? What will this space affirm about the very nature of knowledge? Should this space be designed to encourage student/teacher exchanges outside of the classroom? How might this space enrich education experiences?
Exploring the Future of Technology
Richard Bussell
Institutions are faced with an ever-increasing range of options when considering educational technologies. Tomorrow's classrooms, libraries, and information commons must be designed to be flexible, efficient spaces where students and faculty can interact without technology being a barrier to participation. Questions addressed include: How will convergence impact classroom technologies? Wired or wireless networking in the classroom? What is the future of display technologies? Richard Bussell also demonstrates how to develop a strategy for the implementation of technology at your institution.
Great Places for Learning
Scott Bennett
Students learn in both formal and informal spaces on college campuses. Spaces that "work" serve student learning, accommodate effective pedagogies, support the integration of technologies into the learning environment, and also anticipate the future. This virtual tour will highlight features of many types of facilities that incorporate use of technology in support of learning, including projects recommended by participating design professionals.
Informal Spaces: Where Students Learn beyond the Classroom
Thomas C. Celli
This session will examine the specifics of “meet and greet” spaces beyond the classroom. Learning happens in the halls, the courtyards, the zones, the soft seats and in many places beyond those structured learning environments. We will investigate student zones in science buildings, the soft seating areas of libraries, the courtyards and lawns and many others. How many casual spaces does a campus have or need? What serendipitous opportunities can be created by good design? When are atriums too big or unnecessary? Today's undergrad thrives on a lack of commitment— the last minute socialization syndrome. No planning ahead. How do we make spaces where they can connect with those they care about and pass by those of no interest? Today's campus needs to be rich in opportunities and varied in their design.
Information Commons: A Spectrum of Options
Martin Halbert, Joan K. Lippincott
Libraries are developing information commons or learning commons to create a closer connection between the library's physical space and the learning needs and styles of today's students. These facilities give particular importance to three elements related to the learning process: provision of technology, access to digital information, and availability of spaces in which students can collaborate. In this session, we will explore some features of existing information commons, describe what kinds of services are typically included, discuss types of group spaces that such facilities incorporate, and discuss issues related to interior design, including furniture.
Learning Spaces: What Are We Trying To Accomplish?
Joan K. Lippincott
Students learn in both formal and informal spaces on college campuses. Spaces that "work" serve student learning, accommodate effective pedagogies, support the integration of technologies into the learning environment, and also anticipate the future. This virtual tour will highlight features of many types of facilities that incorporate use of technology in support of learning, including projects recommended by design professionals participating in the 2006 NITLE-CIC workshop on Learning Spaces and Technology.
Mobile Learning Environments for the 21st Century
Paul R. Hagner
Advances in communication technology allow us to rethink our traditional conception of "learning spaces." Perhaps, however, "allow" is not the correct word to use. These advances, coupled with the Net Generation's embracing of them, actually force us to re-invent learning. This talk discusses these changes, the opportunities they present, and the nagging question of "inevitability."
Programming: Where To Start
Carole Wedge
Achieving integration in the design of our libraries and other learning centers calls for close collaborations between a variety of campus organizations. That sounds straightforward enough, but is often difficult to achieve. Whom should you involve? And how might such involvements work best? What kinds of processes are good for soliciting input and communicating project status? Projects that are especially innovative and entail changes in service delivery methods, buy-in from various campus constituencies must also be gained. Communication and involvement of all key players is essential for every phase of the project. The programming process, including strategies for successful programming, will be discussed.
Research Spaces
Timothy L. Lewis, Carole Wedge
Creating spaces that support the active, hands-on investigation and engagement that introduce students to and socialize them into the community of practitioners is an important goal for those planning technology-intensive learning communities.
The Transformation of the Liberal Arts College Library
Robert M. Johnson Jr., Henry Myerberg
The 21st century college library is an integrated learning center essential to campus intellectual and social life. It is also a special mixture of three prime ingredients: goods, services, and design, incorporated to create active places where information is not just stored and retrieved but where it is exchanged and created. The 21st century library is a trading floor of information, a market place of ideas, a department store of technology, a theater of teaching, and a club house of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Working with Design Professionals
Michael C. Lauber, Timothy L. Lewis
This presentation reviews the overall planning, design, and construction process for various building projects and describes the different roles design professionals play each step along the way. Also discussed is how the client group should prepare to work with design professionals, both (long) before the actual design process starts, as well as during the stages of planning, design, and construction.