Best Ideas:
Vassar College Plenary

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

1. People
  • form research teams of faculty, librarians, students and computing staff
  • technology-rich spaces will not work without on-site staff support
2. Classrooms
  • conduct an audit of classroom and learning spaces, take a baseline survey of all campus-wide master plans
  • use graphics to present your analysis and plans for technology-rich
  • classrooms (using customized data bases to survey spaces)
3. Furniture
  • explore library lamp design with air conditioning and database
4. Systems
  • don't neglect the basics: temperature control, adequate lighting, sight lines
  • infrastructure
5. Technologies
  • recognize technologies will change, and that rooms that serve the future must be ready for those changes
6. Planning
  • think about prototypes
7. Spaces
  • the technology cloister concept was notable
  • space for project development and presentation in the library was notable
  • engaged, immersive learning environments
  • think about how people talk, listen, hear and see one another
8. Students  
9. Future
  • create an open space for learning and sharing in the center of the library for serendipitious learning
10. Vision
  • fit facilities planning into the institution plan for coherence
11. Other
  • better to delay construction until the project can be done properly
  • an architecturally distinctive historical facility cannot be renovated and/or expanded "on the cheap;" plan for dealing with unpleasant suprises
  • require faculty to teach one class outside of prime time; every faculty member must teach one class out of prime time