A PKAL Facilities Workshop


Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon

Saturday, February 6, 2010
8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Opening: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations

Snapshots Tour: Spaces that Work in Serving Learning

A review of contemporary spaces for STEM learning, formal and informal, exploring what works and why. This is a beginning point in identifying for teams what might work in the context of its particular mission and vision for student learning in STEM fields.

Questions to be explored:

  • What vision of how learners learn is implied/explicit in this space?
  • What kind of planning needs to happen to arrive at this space
9:30 a.m.

Spaces for Learning: Small-group Discussions of What Works

10:00 a.m.

Reports from Group Discussions

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Essential Best Practices for Planning: Panel of Architects

No matter what the scope or timing of the project, successful planning requires a clear understanding of the process of planning, including the roles of persons in different spheres of influence and responsibility.

The roles of the Shepherd, The Planning Team, and the Architect.

11:30 a.m.

Teams Meet and Have Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Key Issues & Spaces:

  • Student-centered Active Learning Environments
  • Technology-enhanced Learning Spaces
  • Sustainability
  • Community Supporting Spaces

Each architectural firm will address their approach to one of these issues.

2:00 p.m.

Team meetings with Facilitators

Teams will develop short- and long-term agendas for improving learning spaces.

3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.

Prepare Presentation of Agenda for Action

4:00 p.m. Presenting and Critiquing “Take-Home Agendas for Action”
5:00 p.m. Best Ideas
5:30 p.m.

Reception and Planning Session for PortPKAL/WVBEN Academic Leaders