PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory

2010 - 2011 PKAL LSC Events

Learning to Plan & Planning for Learning

The 2011 early winter/spring series of PKAL Learning Spaces Workshops is designed for exploring and engaged with the process of achieving spaces that serve 21st century learners, reflect 21st century learning goals from institutional and societal perspectives, and enhance the campus learning environment over the long-term.

Workshop themes, questions, and sessions:

  • Auditing current circumstances and future dreams. Where, how, and when does learning take place on the campus? How do students, faculty and staff feel about current spaces for learning? Where are the ideas about the future of learning spaces within the community? [An examination of models and approaches for learning spaces audits.]
  • Considering every space a learning space. What are the relationships between formal and informal learning spaces? How does the campus itself become an environment for learning? Where are opportunities for nurturing diverse learning communities—from large enrollment classes and problem-solving studios to technology-enriched learning commons and lecture/labs, as well as spaces for reflection and faculty-student interactions? [A review and analysis (a ‘snapshot’ tour) of recent projects.]
  • Building the right planning team and process for the long-term. Who needs to be at the table, when and why? What is the role of students? Where and how are decisions made? What are critical planning issues to address? What will be the evidence that the spaces ‘work?’ [A host-site story of the process that realized spaces ideal for the learning community they serve—today and into the future.]
  • Pushing the envelope. How can an institutional vision of its future, and its current context and circumstances, shape the planning? How can research on learning and on learning spaces shape the planning? How can planners in one site adapt and advance the experiences of peers and colleague? [A time for consultants, clusters and teams outlining a local agenda for action.]
  • Making the case. What is the ‘elevator speech’ for a learning spaces initiative? When and where can the case be made that ‘space matters?’ What is the plan for making the case? How can ‘sandboxing’ establish the credibility and feasibility of long-term attention to the quality and character of learning spaces on a campus? How can grounding planning in a vision of learning make a difference in making the case? [A time for sharing and critiquing individual ‘take-home’ messages.]

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  • Carlisle, Pennsylvania: March 19, 2011
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: April 9, 2011

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