NITLE Meeting

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

The goal of all PKAL facilities planning efforts is to challenge participants to be conscious of the relationship between the quality and character of the learning community on their campuses and the quality and character of the spaces that accommodate that learning community. Toward this end, we encourage participants to recognize that “nurturing and co llaborating community” relates to both the process and to the content of your work; as it is also the objective of planning learning spaces for learning.

Informed discussion around a common stock of ideas is one characteristic of a collaborating community and, equally– that there must be clearly articulated vision that shapes the work of the community. Thus, the aims and objectives of workshops such as this are to give leadership teams the opportunity to explore the common stock of ideas relating to the evolution and design of spaces for learning in the undergraduate environment, and to distill and define for themselves the ideas that can serve as catalysts for planning facilities.

In that spirit, we suggest that a community that works is one that:

  • has a clear understanding of the students of today, and of the future in which they will live and work
  • energizes gifted and respected leaders in the faculty and administrative ranks, and gives them the requisite flexibility, responsibility and resources to effect change, as needed, and to sustain and enhance programs of quality
  • understands the critical questions to be asked at each stage of the process of institutional reflection and renewal, and asks them in a context of mutual respect and shared commitments
  • takes risks as it is open to new ideas and opportunities, seeks new collaborators and supporters, develops partnerships that dissolve boundaries within the academy and across the larger communities of stakeholders
  • keeps broadening the discussion, revisiting and redefining the questions, the problems and the opportunities, understanding the kaleidoscopic nature of building learning communities that serve the interests of 21st century students and society.