2008 Learning Spaces & Technology Workshop

Presenter/Facilitator Information

Summary Agenda & Event Notebook

Click here to review the summary agenda. Notebook will be posted shortly.

Breakout Sessions Information

Please note the following, as you coordinate your breakout session(s):

  1. Materials for breakout sessions

    By March 24, send presentation materials to pkal@pkal.org.

    Please include:

    • One page session abstract (the draft abstracts from prior years are posted here). You can either approve the draft text from past workshops, revise it or send us new text.
    • 3 -4 jpeg or gif images relating to your breakout to include in the event notebook.
    • List of suggested resources for event bibliography; this may relate to your session or other session topics.

  2. Coordinating with your co-presenters

    The email address(es) of your co-presenters are provided here. Be in touch now to coordinate a one-hour breakout session following PKAL’s approach with at least 1/3 of the time dedicated to talking, questioning, at-the-table work, as appropriate. No 60 minute monologues.

    Please note:

    • Restrictions on slides presented in the break-out sessions: Experience makes it clear that the more slides presented, the less dialogue possible.

      Three options: a) adhere to the 7/7 approach: present seven minutes of illustrative objects and have seven minutes of discussions; b) present in 1/3 of the allotted time the essence of your story/lessons learned; toss a question to the tables about one messy problem addressed and ask them to figure out, from their experience, how they might address it; c) begin by gathering their questions, writing those questions on white/black board/paper and then keep returning to those questions.
    • We also urgently need more attention to gathering the best ideas from participants; one approach used most recently was (with 7 minutes left in the session) to ask people to take 2 minutes to note their best idea and then share with the table. As it fits, this will be the approach in plenaries.
  3. Logistics: Audiovisual Arrangements, Room Set-up, Handouts & Post-Event Materials

    • Audiovisual: LCD projectors will be provided in each breakout room. Presenters are to provide their own laptops and a back-up of their presentation on a disk. Please coordinate PowerPoint slides in advance into a single PowerPoint. If needing additional equipment or internet access, please be in touch with Christina.
    • Handouts: Materials for sessions (hand-outs) need to be prepared in advance. We recommend providing a hand-out/note page(s) for PowerPoints, as this is a convenience for participants. Each breakout will have about 20 - 30 participants in attendance.
    • Room set-up: To facilitate discussions and group activities, all breakout rooms will have participants seated at tables.
    • Post event-materials: As follow-up to the event, PKAL will post session PowerPoints and other event resources on the PKAL website. At the event, these materials will be gathered onsite by the PKAL staff.

For Design Professionals

Here are a couple of additional instructions for design professionals.

By March 24, send to pkal@pkal.org

  1. RSVP on bringing an exhibit. For guidelines, click here.
  2. 2 JPEG slides for Saturday Snapshot Session. Along with each slide, please provide a short description of the image.

    In this 45 minutes session, each of the presenting architects can present no more than two slides (slides that will not be repeated in the break-out sessions). There will be five minutes for the discussion of these two slides: what were the questions that led to this physical solution; what was the one wonderful planning ‘event’ that happened in the evolution of those spaces; what student learning goals were addressed in the planning process and that are evident in the slides presented. Jeanne will orchestrate this, and we will need annotated slides (candidates for the show) from each of the participating firms by the deadline, so she can build a nice set of contrasting stories, rather than duplicative ones. We are trying to integrate discussion of the planning process with a ‘heads-up’ on how the planning process proceeds and concludes.


Please contact the PKAL Office at 202-232-1300; pkal@pkal.org

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