Best Ideas:
Breakout Session C

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

1. People
  • have registrar provide information on classroom space occupancy
  • have both decision-makers and idea generators in the planning group
  • get input from people in a way that makes them feel comfortable
  • let people know their role in the process and the roles of others
  • bring the alligators in from the outset; put them on the major planning group
  • how to prioritize what needs to be done, particularly in regard to staff training
2. Classroom
  • classroom master plan should include (recognize) informal learning spaces in the inventory of spaces; they will fall between the cracks, particularly in regard to long-term plans for replacement/maintenance of furniture and equipment
  • track requests for classrooms to determine needs, as well as setting minimum and universal classroom technology standards
  • consider classrooms as learning spaces in which we encourage or require students to continue learning outside the classroom. Instead of thinking just about how to prepare for class, we should think about how class prepares students to learn outside the formal time and place for classroom instruction.
3. Furniture  
4. Systems
  • consider changing the class schedule to optimize classroom use; consider computerized optimization of class scheduling
5. Technologies  
6. Planning
  • decide who the decision-makers/idea generators are at the beginning of the planning; publish regular reports to end-run the alligators
  • create multiple master plans- for the campus, facilities, residential, classroom
  • recognize the drawbacks of fragmentary budgeting
7. Spaces
  • collaborative spaces must be identified in the assigned square footage
  • use three-dimensional modeling to explore adjacencies
  • think about snack bar booth lounges, with big screens for students to project work and white boards in some student spaces
  • provide a "panic room" where librarians can assist students in crunch times
8. Students
  • involve students, formally and informally, at all stages
  • use the planning process as part of the curriculum for appropriate courses
  • rethink library support services through the eyes of the user; think services through web metaphor as we rename services in our new building
9. Future
  • build the conduits today for the future
10. Vision
  • most institutional planning goes astray at the first step, without consideration of mission, vision, academic plan (but how does the size of the potential project bear on need to link to mission?)
  • recognize the speed of change and the need to revisit vision regularly
  • in thinking about an information commons, think about services rather than technologies
  • encourage and facilitate interaction- within and beyond the campus- at all costs
  • college is not about what you learn in the classroom, but rather about the people that you meet
  • the ability to define your own place within a space improves the seriousness of place
11. Other
  • keep the community well informed about the status and scope of a project, to avoid lurking alligators= produce a project web site
  • make sure key players understand how the project serves the greater good; know from the beginning who the key players are
  • have informal opportunity to share and discuss plans: wine and cheese, drawings on display, place for notes and comments and ideas
  • when confronted with the "we cannot do that" argument, probe "why not?"