2008 PKAL Roundtable
(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 -
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.
Facilitated small group discussions on how to plan: questions to ask people to have at the table, resources needed, etc.
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
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.