2010 PKAL LSC Colloquium

Vision, Goals & Strategies

VISION for the 2010 PKAL LSC Colloquium.

To spark an informed and continuing dialogue, on campuses of participating teams and within the emerging PKAL LSC community, about imagining and designing, shaping and reshaping, using and assessing undergraduate learning spaces that anticipate, serve, and shape the future.

GOAL I. To reach a deeper understanding of how the process of planning 21st century learning spaces is influenced by:

  • societal expectations for what students should know, be able to do, and be as a result of their career as an undergraduate learner
  • research-based curricular and pedagogical approaches that reflect those expectations
  • theoretical understandings of the impact of the physical environment on the creativity, productivity, and collegiality of users.

Strategies include:

  • resources capturing examples of learning goals from a diverse group of stakeholders
  • plenary discussions about what the world needs now…and why
  • panel and cluster discussions exploring current research/theory on all aspects of learning and learning spaces, from lighting and color, and green spaces to adjacencies, atria, etc.
  • provocateurs challenging assumptions, all along the way.

GOAL II. To explore and document best practices in planning 21st century learning spaces that:

  • ensure students “…gain the capacities for creative thinking and for thriving in a collaborative culture…”
  • signal an institutional vision of and commitment to preparing 21st century leaders, innovators, life-long learners
  • are agile and adaptable, nurturing communities of learners/researchers today and tomorrow
  • are themselves laboratories for learning.

Strategies include:

  • plenary and break-out sessions examining learning spaces that work…and why
  • case study exercise—making the case why attention to learning spaces matter
  • individual team meetings, with and without assigned consultants
  • review of posters from participating architectural, construction and design firms
  • conversations, formal and informal, about what works, what does not work, and why.

GOAL III. To identify emerging questions facing those with responsibility and opportunity for planning 21st century learning spaces now and in the future, including about:

  • students: what do we know and need to know about their background, career aspirations?
  • best practices: how do we know, from the experiences of recently planned facilities, what difference spaces make to learners?
  • technologies: how can we capitalize on emerging technologies to enhance learning and research and to address environmental needs and goals?
  • communities: what are the characteristics of a community—of integrative learners, 24/7 learners…of practice…of innovators—that have spatial implications?
  • other……???????????
  • PKAL LSC: how can we shape a community of interest (theorists and practitioners) working always at the cutting-edge in wrestling with the questions: what do we know…and what do we still need to know…?

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