Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Learning Commons at UW-Milwaukee Invites Collaboration

A new open concept to promote collaboration at the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library is fully functional. Not only do the learning spaces promote collaboration but the process in developing them was equally collaborative. This success story is part of my session entitled, "Lost in Space- Finding the Right Learning Space for Learners." You can learn more about effective learning space design by reading my feature article in University Business Magazine. Enjoy.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Learning Space Repository Pilot

Through a collaborative pilot with Sonic Foundry (Mediasite), exemplary examples of innovative learning spaces are being solicited to be included in a global repository of Learning Space Design pilot. These examples will be recorded through Mediasite webcasts and made available for review and comment. If your are interested in submitting a potential submission, e-mail Jim Jorstad, Director of Educational Technologies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Be sure to put LSR in the subject line. Technical specifications for your submission will be provided upon request.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Collaborative Learning Spaces Part Deux

Designing collaborative learning spaces which are scalable is an important element in planning. Initially a model collaborative space was developed in our Wing Technology Center to demonstrate to faculty, staff, and students the concept of collaborative spaces. From there, a larger space was created in our Murphy library. This space was tested and video analyzed to see how students would effectively utilize the collaborative area. Stage three was to expand the space, again using Herman Miller Resolve furniture. In this stage you can see the dynamics of students working together. Encouraging faculty to develop curriculum that requires group work only strengthens the campus utilization of collaborative learning spaces. Developing a scalable design will ensure a sustainable model for the future.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Educational Technologies in a Challenging Economy

On January 21st, as part of our fifth annual Passport to Technology event, we held a national teleconference on the economic impact of technology in education. I moderated the multipoint teleconference which included a distinguished panel of Frye Fellows from 2005: Dr. Sharon E. Blanton, CIO Office of Information Technologies Portland State University; Gardner Campbell, Ph.D., Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University and Assoc. Prof. of Literature and Media, Honors College; Helen Chu, Director, Academic Technology, University of Oregon; Rick Holmgren, Ph.D., Executive Director, Learning, Information, and Technology Services, Allegany College; William Mayer, Librarian, American University, Washington, D.C.; Jenny Mehmedovic, Assistant to the Provost, University of Kansas.

Each panelist responded to a wide variety of important questions facing faculty, administrators, and students. To learn more about this program, you may connect to a webcast of the event by clicking on the Passport logo.