2008 PKAL Roundtable

Agenda Outline

(as of November 27, 2007)

2008 PKAL Roundtable on the Future Undergraduate STEM Learning Environment
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
- near the Washington Dulles International Airport -
Chantilly, Virginia
February 29 - March 2, 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

Opening Plenary Session: Welcome, Logistics & Panel Discussion
Community as means and end of a successful STEM facilities planning process

Panelists will outline what works in galvanizing an informed campus community with a shared commitment to imagine and realize the ideal undergraduate STEM learning environment.

Cluster Sessions

Facilitated small group discussions on how to plan: questions to ask people to have at the table, resources needed, etc.

Buffet/Poster Session

Time for examining candidates for spaces that work, posters presented by participating architects and academics that reflect attention to one or more of the roundtable themes.

Plenary Session I: Panel Discussion
Connecting research on learning to planning undergraduate STEM spaces

Panelists will present examples, reflecting theory and practice, of spaces that enable students to take ownership of their own learning, link that learning to the world beyond the campus, and socialize them into the 21st century S&T community.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Breakfast: Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions

Break-out Session I: Spaces that reflect deep understanding of research on how people learn

  • welcoming spaces for engaged, collaborative, discovery-based learning/research of students in classroom and lab, serving both majors and non-majors
  • formal and informal spaces for learning in which faculty and students (both majors and non-majors) see themselves as members of a vibrant natural science community
  • spaces that accommodate with ease the 21st century pedagogies and technologies that strengthen student learning, from the very first day for all students through capstone experiences for majors.

Plenary Session II: Panel Discussion
Spaces that connect 21st century learning in STEM fields to 21st century practice in S&T fields and enhance institutional distinction over the long term


Consulting Clusters

Break-out Session II: Spaces that connect 21st century learning in STEM fields to 21st century practice in S&T fields:

  • that reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the contemporary S&T community
  • that respond to the increasingly global nature of the contemporary S&T community
  • that prepare the emerging generations of innovative thinkers in STEM fields

Informal discussions; time for work by participating teams and for rest and renewal


Time for working groups— institutional teams, cluster consultations, and/or birds-of-a-feather discussions

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Break-out Session III: Spaces that enhance institutional distinction over the long term:

  • facilities that contribute to the humanity and aesthetics of the campus
  • facilities that celebrate science as central to a 21st century liberal arts education, making “doing science” a visible part of the learning environment
  • facilities are cost-effective to maintain, adaptable, and flexible
  • facilities are themselves laboratories for learning, particularly in regard to sustainability
  • facilities that serve the larger campus community

Review and Critique of Next-step Agendas for Action

Plenary III: Presentation and discussion
Examining what works and why relative to spaces that will enhance institutional distinction over the long-term

An illustrated discussion of specific spaces that enhance the campus community of which they are a part, and that will do so over the long term.

Closing remarks.