February 26 - February 28, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

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4th Next Generation Learning Spaces Agenda

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Navigating Constraints and Building Support for an Interactive Lecture Hall

Higher education institutions have begun to re-imagine traditional lecture halls in ways that can better support active learning methods, but large classroom renovations are complex and require buy-in from a variety of campus stakeholders. In this session you will learn how the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill worked within numerous constraints to transform an aging lecture hall into an active learning environment. Presentation by: Bob Henshaw, Educational Technology Consultant, IT Liaison to the Center for Faculty Excellence, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL

Learning From Learning Spaces: How a Student-Centered Focus Benefits Both Academics and Design Professionals

We often think of collaborative learning in terms of classroom interactions, but it plays an important role in creating and adapting learning spaces, as well. In this session, we will explore how collaboration between students, academics and design professionals has led to insights into how students use classrooms and informal campus spaces.

Presentation by:

  • Doug Ward, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
  • Brittany Reynolds, Research Assistant, TREANORHL ARCHITECTS

ACTIVE LEARNING SPACES: Discovering Various Furniture Configurations & Overcoming Hurdles in Space Redesign

Designing active learning classrooms (ALCs), whether in a new space or renovating an existing space, requires creative problem solving, flexibility, and collaboration across campus. In this hands-on workshop we will detail the process of creating an ALC, from idea to implementation and beyond.

Presentation by:

  • Erin Wolfe, Executive Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
  • Chris Kobza, Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement, OU Information Technology,  UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Fostering Cross-Disciplinary Learning with Technology-Rich Environments

As a key enabler of Clemson University’s strategic plan, the Watt Family Innovation Center offers state-of-the-art facilities and technologies that promote cross-disciplinary student engagement. Cutting across organizational boundaries, the Watt Center hosts classes, research activities, and events involving students, faculty, and staff from many campus departments. Leveraging investments in infrastructure and programs, the Watt Center promotes an unprecedented level of collaboration within the classroom and with partners in academia, government, and industry.

Presentation by Dr. Dennis Lester and Dr. Barbara Speziale, Watt Family Innovation Center, Clemson University

Scaling Active Learning Affordances Campus-Wide

Faculty need the freedom to incorporate active learning teaching methods into classes across the curriculum, but sometimes only a lesson or an hour at a time. Rating classrooms on their ability to support different teaching methods, along with their convertibility between configurations, can help faculty choose and be assigned to rooms that best fit their needs. Enabling classrooms for active learning and convertibility is as much about the room’s shell, infrastructure, and approach to furnishings as much as it is about technology. Presentation by: Mark McCallister, Director of Academic Technology, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Redefining the Teaching and Learning Experience

Sharply raising enrollment and changing curricular needs challenged Oregon State University (OSU) to seek new learning space solutions. Planning for pedagogical diversity and a significant increase in informal learning space resulted in the Learning Innovation Center (LINC); seating 2200 learners in 17 widely varied classrooms including a 600 seat 360 degree teaching-in-the-round lecture Arena. This workshop explores how these challenges were addressed and assessed now that LINC has completed the first year in operation. Participants will work hands-on with the concepts and options for meeting contemporary teaching and learning needs through creative design.

Presentation by:

  • Jon Dorbolo, Associate Director, Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC), OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Don DeMello, Associate Director of Classroom Technologies, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Becky Warner, Professor of Sociology and Former Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Amy Donohue, Principal, BORA ARCHITECTS


Examples Of Effective Campus-Wide Course Transformation Using Multidisciplinary Teams

2016 Past Presentation
Tomalee Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Purdue University

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Innovative Ideas And Blended Learning Environments At The Michelle Smith Collaboratory For Visual Culture

2016 Past Presentation
Quaint Gregory, Director, University of Maryland College Park

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Effective Communication Resources To Build Administrative Investment In Learning Environments

2016 Past Presentation
Lisa Stephens, Sr Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation, University of Buffalo

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Insights On Teaching Effectively In Active Learning Classrooms

2016 Past Presentation
David Langley, Director for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota

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Getting the Right People in the Room, Before You Build It: Planning & Implementing Active Learning Spaces

Thinking of transforming your campus’ learning spaces to optimize active learning pedagogies/technologies? Identifying relevant stake holders and engaging them productively in the planning stage may be the most critical step. Through best case examples, strategies that maximize the effectiveness of inclusive and productive planning teams will be presented. This session is highly relevant to institutions thinking about embarking on learning space transformations that will align with active, collaborative, real-world teaching strategies with the mindful design and use of built environments that support collaborative pedagogies.

Presentation by: 

Jeffrey Ashley, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY


Virtual Reality: Forging A New Path In Education

As more educational institutions around the world invest in VR and experiment with its expansive applications in different subjects and lessons, the inherent benefits of the technology are made clearer and more compelling, including: greater student engagement, build interest in all students, provides hands-on experience and more.

7 Point List for Learning Spaces

The learning space itself has become a fulcrum of the modern day experience like never before, and one of the key criteria that governs its longevity of success is the ability to future-proof it. In the following analysis, we have picked the brains of architects, academics and estate directors to come up with a seven point check-list of the ways, means and motivations that will ensure that our next generation learning spaces don't become last generation's learning spaces.

7 Ways to Create Innovative Learning Spaces

It’s an exciting time to be an educator, as an increasing number of schools look to redesign their learning spaces in order to enhance the learning experience and student outcomes. However in taking this step, many schools are faced with difficult questions regarding what these new learning spaces should look like, how to create the business case and how to measure the improvement in student outcomes.

7 Ways To Design And Implement Agile And Student-Centered Learning Spaces

Learn the 7 steps that it takes to design student-centered learning spaces that you can implement. Read tips and opinions on this topic from professors, doctors of education and more!

Five Principles For An Optimal Next Generation Learning Space

In the past 40 years, the computer has gone from being the size of a room to being in every room. This article explains the five principles used to create a modern next generation learning space for students in higher level education.

New Learning Spaces are Modernizing the Traditional Campus Worldwide

With increasing competition to attract students both locally and internationally, education providers are investing in developing the best facilities. We recently spoke to Hon Steve Maharey, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University and Barbara White, Senior Lecturer in Information Technology, Charles Darwin University about how they’ve been creating new learning spaces that will transform the education experience.

New Learning Spaces Are Modernizing The Traditional Campus Worldwide

Globally there is a shift by higher education providers to transform the campus. With increasing competition to attract students both locally and internationally, education providers are investing in developing the best facilities. New types of classrooms are being built based on leading design and teaching principles, while incorporating the latest technology for more interactive learning.

The World’s Greatest Learning Spaces

The future of education increasingly lies with education providers that can integrate the latest tools, technologies and learning methodologies into next generation learning spaces – both physical and virtual. Already, progressive schools are moving away from traditional ‘chalk and talk’ teaching methods and towards enquiry based, student-centric learning in order to encourage more creative, entrepreneurial students who think for themselves.

Infographics & Whitepapers

Matching Instructors and Spaces of Learning: The impact of space on behavioral, affective and cognitive learning

This study conducted by past speaker John McArthur, Director of Online Faculty Services and Associate Professor of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, examines the extent to which instructional proxemics -– the physical space of the learning environment -- impacts student behavioral, affective, and cognitive learning.

Designing New Learning Spaces Through Co-Creation

In 2011, the University of Adelaide opened its doors to the $42 million Learning Hub, bringing together learning spaces, social spaces, and student information services. Creating the hub involved students and staff working together with more than 9000 hours of student involvement in both the design and overall function of the space.

Conditions for Effective Smart Learning Environments

This study conducted by Rob Koper, University Chair at Institute Board, Open University of the Netherlands, examines the idea of Human Learning Interfaces - the set of learning related interaction mechanisms that humans expose to the outside world that can be used to control, stimulate and facilitate their learning processes - to identify the conditions for the development of effective smart learning environments.

Designing Stimulating Learning Environments to Boost Student Engagement

It's no secret technology has transformed the way students interact and learn - both inside and outside the classroom and as digital continues to enable anytime, anywhere learning; it has never been more important for schools and universities to design and maintain collaborative, active learning spaces to facilitate this new style of learning.

How 4 Universities are taking Blended Learning to the Next Level

In this exclusive eBook, specialists from four universities share exclusive insight into how they’re personalizing the student experience through learning design, technology, creative spaces and collaboration. You can read more about: Monash University’s Better Teaching, Better Learning Agenda: focusing on the pedagogy behind the desired change and how technology can enable it, UTS’s course curation and learning design, and more! 

    Speaker Feature: Frank Dooley

    Next Generation Learning Spaces presents this speaker feature from Frank Dooley Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Purdue University where he discusses his background and portfolio, his priorities for 2017, and some of his favorite program highlights.

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    Next Generation Learning Spaces Market Snapshot

    Just for Next Generation Learning Spaces, recently surveyed by CLN, take a look at this Market Snapshot that will help connect and hear from our education leaders who also face the same challenges in their own institutions & organizations.


    How can universities ensure their students are satisfied?

    Universities have always prioritized the student experience. Now the U.K.'s National Student Survey counts for more, they’re taking a sophisticated approach to maximizing students' learning experiences.

    West Michigan’s New Education Buildings: student-inspired technology, aesthetic, and sustainability

    Residents of Greater Grand Rapids often face ballot proposals to fund education buildings. Some may doubt that new buildings foster academic success. However, as proven by votes cast, the majority believe in and support these proposals.

    Sneak Peek: Rutgers University-Camden to show off 107,000 square foot high-tech building

    The growing education and medical corridor in downtown will formally add a 107,000 square-foot building on Monday with a dedication of a $62.5 million Nursing and Science Building for Rutgers University-Camden.

    New UH Hilo Classrooms Spark Active Learning

    The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has brought three pilot classrooms into the 21st century where learning spaces are designed for students to get plugged in, flip open laptops, interact freely with each other and professors, absorb information from smart 3-D screens and sound bar systems.

    It’s the end of the university as we know it

    Future workers need—ironically enough—education that is both available at a mass scale and intensely specialized. Universities are facing a seemingly impossible crisis over how to offer accessible teaching, to several times the number of people as in years past, that is individualized, yet affordable.