3/07/2006

Learning Spaces (UD)

Seems that the key to this session is FLEXIBLE SPACES.

Kent State is also doing a similar project: especially the learning commons context.

UD: Ohio's largest private university, 95% residential, quite community oriented (like MC),

They have a "green classroom." woulndt' this be a gret way to integrate community and living for environmental sciences?

DEEP (George Kuh)"
Livinfg mission
focus on stud. learning
pathywas to success
envornments
improvement oriented ethos
Shared responsiblity

Barr and Tagg (1995): I need to look up their work!! Switching from a teaching model to a learning model.

Space matters, and how we develop space matters!

We need to consciously think about how we use Learning Spaces (nee Classrooms).

community-centerted planning in the building process:

  • invite stakeholders

  • have a patient and talented leader

  • understanding differences in perspective

  • open space for honesty

  • eliminate roadblocks to team learning

  • balance for patience and performance



From hallways to pathways

Evolution from classreoom to studie to learning complexes (how rooms relate)

Questin for student and faculty: "WHat would be the ideal learning space?" Note to self: Focus group? Perhaps talk to Liane about a focus group?

Note to self: FDC selects courses to be taught in the studio classrooms--great idea!

it's an improtant shift to learning per square foot.


CORE program: way to take GenEd courses around a theme(interdisciplinary). Has some learning community components, as well as flexible scheduling. They are expanding the learning communities beyond the CORE program.

It's about blurring the line between in-class and out-of-class learning.

Technology also assists in blurring/expanding the learning environments.

Dr. Wright is lecturing less, yet the students are learning more.

Creating new ways of learning. Technology is an important part fo that.

They are changing the model of teaching and learning from a model of transmission (faculty--->students) into a recursive situation in which students and teachers are learning from each other, and from the ones in other roles.

Hide technology so that it doesn't walk away.




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