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Why Learning Space Design Matters Academic Learning Spaces: Invention, (Re)Invention and Innovation

Alan Cattier Emory University


The Latest Gaze of Our Students

Kaiser Family Foundation Study on Media and Health, January 20th, 2010


The Latest Gaze of Our Students

Kaiser Family Foundation Study on Media and Health, January 20th, 2010


Looking through Student Eyes...


Work

Play


Home

School


Curricular

Co-Curricular


Wired

Wireless


Computers

Devices


Home

Away


Near

Far


Home Play

Wireless Curricular

Devices Away Near

Work

Far Wired

Computers

Co-Curricular


What’s been at stake in the emergence of the Digital Campus?

• Intelligibility • Legibility • A Sense of Design • Intentionality


Q: What is the Classroom of the future? A: The Campus Phil Long, The University of Queensland


Some Questions... If our facilities seem poorly designed to meet the current cultural backdrop of student learning, imagine what our campuses must feel like?


How do we negotiate the digital campus? How do we re-design our campus for new forms of learning?


“Deep Change” •

Divisions and Teams that never talked to each other MUST talk to each other.Very often the team that maintains the physical campus must be disrupted to engage the virtual campus.

Processes that have been in place and worked for many years, particularly around sourcing and campus planning, must be disrupted in order to accommodate the emerging digital campus.

Learners need to be at the table to corroborate the direction of the change.


Changing Space for Place: A Catalyst for Change •

Opened in 2002

Addition in 2009

5,000 student visits/month -> 27,000

On peak days > 1,700 unique visitors (4500 undergrads)

Computing lab, collaboration lab, 3 classrooms

Curricular and co-curricular


Learning Space Design

• Space becomes place • The Learner acknowledges their presence in your design.

• “If you don’t know where you are, you

don’t know who you are,” Wendell Berry as cited by Wallace Stegner in “A Sense of Place”


Cox Entry Stats

January

February

March

Totals

spring 2010

13,387

27,758

25,976

67,124

spring 2009

11,768

24,639

22,138

58,545

spring 2008

8,869

21,285

16,118

46,272

spring 2007

6,549

16,084

14,246

36,879

spring 2006

5,392

14,040

12,476

31,908

Most Recent Trends


Our Latest Addition


Onward Planning

• Think Systemically, Design Accordingly • Every discipline and every department is

being marked by change. The challenge is prioritizing fields and areas of study that are undergoing revolutionary change.

• Not only for students, but for faculty and graduate students.

Why Learning Space Design Matters  

Presentation given at June 2010 conference at FSU.

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