Best Ideas:
Sunday Morning Breakfast

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

1. People
  • keep the faculty speaking and focusing on longer term visions to outlast variations imposed by revolving administrators
  • it is important to change the traditional ways of thinking about librarian; 24/7 technology-rich spaces do not require 24/7 traditional service points
  • engage development officers early in the planning process
2. Classrooms
  • importance of a campus-wide master plan for classrooms
3. Furniture
  • can we develop an "industry standard" for the technology desk/lectern
4. Systems  
5. Technologies
  • do not let concerns about technologies override concerns about pedagogies
  • use "blackboard" for student discussions, for advanced students to get virus protection and/or for entering students to learn about roommates to be
  • use "Gyratton" wireless keyboards and mice lecterns/teaching stations
6. Planning
  • a master plan is invaluable as it sets the future in the historical context of the university
  • use grant-funded curricular renewal projects to institute pedagogical change
7. Spaces
  • there is plenty of attention on campuses to dedicated spaces; spend more energy on the common spaces
  • be attentive to the problems in designing multi-purpose spaces
8. Students
  • pay students, or make it a part of a CBL course, to observe a course for an entire semester and provide feedback to faculty
9. Future  
10. Vision
  • think about what the identity of the library is to be
11. Other
  • pay attention to sub-contractors within the general contractors bid to determine realistic costs
  • review "Teaching with your Mouth" as a resource for non-lecture pedagogy