Best Ideas:
Opening Plenary

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

1. People  
2. Classrooms
  • think about the classroom as a space in which learning takes place
3. Furniture
  • experiment with tables of different configurations (e.g., horseshoe)
  • chairs on wheels (sometimes!)
4. Systems  
5. Technologies
  • technologies are useful only to the extent they facilitate collaborative, interactive
  • recognize the diverse ways to distribute digital content
6. Planning
  • be sure mission of project is clearly understood and accepted by all principal parties
  • do not think of planning as solving current problems; go beyond that
  • design for staff, students and standards yet to be identified
  • create a formal, ongoing campus-wide facilities planning sub-group that focuses on classrooms/teaching spaces
  • have a formal campus-wide committee that "owns" the master plan
7. Spaces
  • recognize need for technology-rich learning spaces of different types, in different parts of the campus, serving different goals for learning
  • provide for individual and group work
8. Students
  • secure user imput, with students advising on needs and uses of technology-rich learning spaces
  • go into the classrooms and watch how students learn
9. Future
  • plan for continual upgrading
  • plan for the users of the future
10. Vision
  • technology-enhanced spaces promote community
11. Other