Best Ideas:
Breakout Session A

Planning Technology-rich Spaces for Learning
PKAL/NITLE/DePauw University Workshop
DePauw University
October 24 - 26, 2003

1. People
  • take time (in planning) to bridge the culture between librarians and IT directors
  • the key to an information commons is bringing expert support together and to ensure that technologies are user-centered
2. Classrooms
  • think of faculty offices as small collaborative classrooms
3. Furniture / Lighting
  • think about what type of lighting needs to be where, and when, from the point of what actually happens in the classroom, e.g., spotlighting the faculty member, the screen, the students...
  • think about lighting issues in regard to flexible classrooms
4. Systems
  • operational structure must come first; prototype construction program on the web to find problems...virtual and actual must match
5. Techologies / Pedagogies
  • provide multiple data ports in faculty offices for tutorials
  • provide for different teaching styles
6. Planning
  • facilities cannot solve operational problems within the library; get away from old labels- reference, circulation, academic computing); think of user needs; model new systems on the web
  • consider what makes a space conducive for the use it was designed to serve (seriousness of purpose)
  • consider critical adjacencies- what needs to be next to what
  • plan to make the library a "theater of teaching" and a "club house" for the entire campus community
7. Spaces
  • think of faculty offices as small collaborative classrooms
  • spaces within libraries for group projects is a must
  • where to place an "information commons?" does it have to be in the library
  • think about "portal" as an analog for library
  • put casual spaces next to classrooms for pre- and post-conversations
  • think about spontaneous spaces, wherein faculty and students can naturally continue conversations
  • provide "non-differentiated 'customer service'" spaces for a variety of consultations
  • for all spaces, ask who, where, what and why?
  • the social aspect of informal spaces: location, visibility, accessibility
8. Students
  • informal spaces should be where students can see and be seen, with relaxed and varied furnishings and tools to encourage students use these spaces for both educational and social purposes
  • students work outside the classroom to prepare for work in the classroom and inside the classroom for real learning outside the classroom. How does the campus serve both these purposes?
9. Future  
10. Vision  
11. Other