PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Learning Outcomes & Learning Spaces

February 6, 2010

Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon


This workshop was of value to campuses at an early stage in shaping and reshaping learning spaces for undergraduate communities of learners.


To help participating teams develop a roadmap for planning spaces that address goals for student learning including:

  • Making quick fixes that improve current spaces for learning.
  • Identifying characteristics of physical spaces that accommodate constructive pedagogies, interdisciplinary connections, learning communities.


During the one-day workshop, participants:

  • explored “learning spaces that work” to help students reach learning outcomes
  • identified key questions and processes by which those spaces were imagined, realized and assessed
  • developed short- and long-term agendas for transforming learning spaces


Academic leaders involved in shaping undergraduate environments for learning gave attention to how spaces:

  • Serve goals for student learning (program and institutional learning outcomes).
  • Reflect institutional priorities and strategies to strengthen student learning.
  • Make prudent use of institutional resources.

Architects shared essential best practices for getting the planning of learning spaces “right.” They focused on four of the critical issues that must be dealt with to shape ideal learning spaces.

  • Pedagogy
  • Technology
  • Community
  • Sustainability

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) resources on planning facilities supported this workshop sponsored by the Portland regional PKAL network (PortPKAL).


Learning Outcomes & Learning Spaces Notebook
2010 PortPKAL Facilities Workshop


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