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We are looking to renovate our media center with an eye to more collaboration spaces, interactive media, etc. Does anyone have recent experiences that they would be willing to share? More importantly, perhaps, can anyone recommend a firm or designer that is knowledgeable and experienced with media centers and designs for learning? We really don't want a designer's ego to be on display at the expense of functionality. Thank you. Cheers, Anthony -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Anthony Helm Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies Dartmouth College Library 603-646-3830 (phone) anthony.helm@dartmouth.edu ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Hey Anthony, We tried an open arrangement here at CU Boulder and weren't satisfied with the result. In our little shop we had 7 edit stations breathing the same air, so-to-speak, and it was truly chaotic. Sometimes I truly wonder about this notion that great ideas grow best in open spaces with lots of cross-talk and "vibrancy." Not always... in fact, I think the free-range lab idea can seriously punish a certain type of learner/creator. We spec'd an alternate facility when we moved into our new building and it featured 5 edit bays which are essentially big soundproofed closets with Macs, decks, microphones, Firewire drives, and surround sound. Students (up to 4 to a space, comfortably) seem to truly appreciate being cloistered like this when working on projects that are deeply personal (try recording a VO about a traumatic childhood event in an "open" environment) or that require gobs of concentration. Of course, this arrangement isn't at all friendly to group instruction. But I think creation space and teaching space are starkly at odds and that the twain should rarely meet. We've been running with the creator-in-a-box configuration for 5 years now, and I'm convinced it's a great model for helping students wring the most from their time with us. They seem to concur; the space is heavily-used. Please let me know if you'd like more info. Dave Underwood Academic Technology Consulting University of Colorado Boulder 303 492 2672 ATLAS Room 334 University of Colorado at Boulder 80301 Sent from my Sony Walkman ________________________________________
I concur with David's assessment. Although I design spaces that promote flexibility, not everyone works this way. The function of the space should dictate the form, or design. To produce media, I generally design intimate private spaces with discussion areas nearby to collaborate- separate but equal so to say. After collaborating then the media creator can work by themselves. The discussion areas also serve as a space to share content with clients. I hope this helps. I love David's signature line- sent from his Sony Walkman. Those were the days! Regards, Jim Sent from my keys too small Blackberry
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