2004 NITLE-PKAL Workshop

New Learning Spaces

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
October 22-24, 2004

The second NITLE-PKAL Workshop on New Learning Spaces was held from October 22-October 24, 2004 on the Vassar College campus in Poughkeepsie, New York. The workshop was designed to serve both those who are planning new spaces and those who are planning to remodel spaces that accomodate technology-enriched learning in formal and non-formal settings. Institutional team members explored approaches to careful facility planning and worked with colleagues and consultants to outline an agenda for action for the coming year.

Best Ideas and Presentations:

  • Best Ideas
    - Participants at the 2004 NITLE-PKAL Workshop
    Compiled from the participants, the best ideas provide insight into the "best" pieces of information in facility planning.

  • The Vassar story
    - Barbara Page, Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English, Vassar College
    - Rachel Kitzinger, Professor of Classics, Vassar College and Project Shepherd
    - Michael C. Lauber, Principal, Ellenzweig Associates
    The Vassar story is one of renovating and bringing new technologies to the library and classroom buildings, before and after a master plan.

  • An overview on the planning process
    - Arthur J. Lidsky, President, Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates, Inc.
    This presentation summarizes various approaches to facilities planning and the importance of creating an institutional framework for decision-making.

  • Exploring the future
    - Phil Crompton, Principal, Vantage Technology Consulting Group
    Crompton describes the future of presentation, capture, distribution and headend technologies that will be key components of the next generation of electronic classrooms and other learning spaces.

  • Informal spaces: What are they for? Why do we need them?
    - Malcolm B. Brown, Director of Academic Computing, Dartmouth College
    - Michael C. Lauber, Principal, Ellenzweig Associates
    Brown and Lauber present how informal spaces, as important learning and social spaces, provide a space for students to "interact," but they are not created equal.

  • Research spaces
    - Ian Adamson, Principal, Payette Associates
    - James W. Baird, Principal, Holabird & Root
    Adamson and Baird explore how research spaces best support active research, integrate technology, and are enhanced by adjacency to other spaces.

  • Considering sustainability issues
    - Barbara Page, Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English, Vassar College
    - L. Paul Zajfen, Principal, Anshen + Allen Architects LA
    This presentation illustrates the planning and engineering issues in developing a sustainable project, and the techniques and considerations in the programming and design of such facilities.

  • Considering implications for renovation/new construction
    - Rachel Kitzinger, Professor of Classics, Vassar College
    - Michael C. Lauber, Principal, Ellenzweig Associates
    Kitzinger and Lauber discuss renovation issues, including: cost, program fit, swing space/logistics, building infrastructure, and the "surprise" factor.

  • Learning and space design
    - James W. Baird, Principal, Holabird & Root
    - Robert Cavenagh, Director of Instructional Technology, Dickinson College
    Taking the kaleidoscopic perspective on facility planning, this panel presentation identifies who needs to be at the table, questions to be addressed at appropriate stages, sequencing of steps in the process, and dreaming big in a manner reflective of the institutional mission and circumstances.

Please see here for photos from the 2004 NITLE-PKAL Workshop.