Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces

Space, whether physical or virtual, can have a significant impact on learning. Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators. Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration. This e-book represents an ongoing exploration as we bring together space, technology, and pedagogy to ensure learner success.

Please note: In addition to the e-book's core chapters on learning space design principles (chapters 1-13) , this site also offers case studies illustrating those principles (chapters 14-43), including links to examples of innovative learning spaces. The entire collection is complete and available for printing as individual chapters or the entire book. The printed book is available through Amazon.com.

Diana G. Oblinger, Editor
©2006 EDUCAUSE ISBN 0-9672853-8-0
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Table of Contents

by Diana G. Oblinger


PART 1: Principles and Practices

Chapter 1. Space as a Change Agent
by Diana G. Oblinger
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Chapter 2. Challenging Traditional Assumptions and Rethinking Learning Spaces
by Nancy Van Note Chism
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Chapter 3. Seriously Cool Places: The Future of Learning-Centered Built Environments
by William Dittoe
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Chapter 4. Community: The Hidden Context for Learning
by Deborah J. Bickford and David J. Wright
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Chapter 5. Student Practices and Their Impact on Learning Spaces
by Cyprien Lomas and Diana G. Oblinger
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Chapter 6. The Psychology of Learning Environments
by Ken A. Graetz
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Chapter 7. Linking the Information Commons to Learning
by Joan K. Lippincott
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Chapter 8. Navigating Toward the Next-Generation Computer Lab
by Alan R. Cattier
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Additional Resource: Cox Hall Panorma

Chapter 9. Trends in Learning Space Design
by Malcolm Brown and Phillip D. Long
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Chapter 10. Human-Centered Design Guidelines
by Lori Gee
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Chapter 11. Designing Blended Learning Space to the Student Experience
by Andrew J. Milne
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Chapter 12. Sustaining and Supporting Learning Spaces
by Christopher Johnson
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Chapter 13. Assessing Learning Spaces
by Sawyer Hunley and Molly Schaller
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PART 2: Case Studies

Chapter 14. Learning How to See
Diana G. Oblinger
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Chapter 15. City of London: Sir John Cass Business School
Clive Holtham
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Chapter 16. Denison University: MIX Lab
Scott Siddall
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Chapter 17. Duke University: Perkins Library
Marilyn M. Lombardi and Thomas B. Wall
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Chapter 18. Eckerd College: Peter H. Armacost Library
J. Michael Barber
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Chapter 19. Estrella Mountain Community College: The Learning Studios Project
Homero Lopez and Lori Gee
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Chapter 20. Hamilton College: Science Center
Nikki Reynolds and Douglas A. Weldon
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Chapter 21. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: The ES Corridor Project
Nancy Van Note Chism
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Chapter 22. Iowa State University: LeBaron Hall Auditorium
Jim Twetten
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Additional Resource: VR tour of LeBaron Hall Auditorium

Chapter 23. London School of Economics: BOX
Andrew Harrison
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Chapter 24. Messiah College: Boyer Hall
Dennis Lynch
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Chapter 25. Michigan Technological University: Center for Integrated Learning and Information Technology
Paul Urbanek
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Chapter 26. MIT: The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex
Phillip D. Long
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Chapter 27. MIT: Steam Café
Scott Francisco
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Chapter 28. North Carolina State University: Flyspace
Hal Meeks
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Chapter 29. North Carolina State University: SCALE-UP
Robert Beichner
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Chapter 30. Northwestern University: Information Commons
Bob Davis and Denise Shorey
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Chapter 31. Ohio State University: Digital Union
Victoria Getis, Catherine Gynn, and Susan E. Metros
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Chapter 32. Olin College of Engineering: Academic and Olin Centers
Joanne Kossuth
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Chapter 33. Pennsylvania State University: Smeal College of Business
Peter Nourjian
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Chapter 34. St. Lawrence University: Center for Teaching and Learning
Sondra Smith and Kim Mooney
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Additional Resource: Web sidebar, Table 1, Table 2, Table 3

Chapter 35. Stanford University: GroupSpaces
Richard Holeton
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Chapter 36. Stanford University: Wallenberg Hall
Dan Gilbert
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Chapter 37. University of Arizona: Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center
Christopher Johnson
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Chapter 38. University of British Columbia: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Simon Neame and Cyprien Lomas
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Chapter 39. University of Central Florida: Collaboration and Multimedia Classrooms
Ruth Marshall
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Chapter 40. University of Chicago: USITE/Crerar Computing Cluster and Cybercafé
Shirley Dugdale and Chad Kainz
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Chapter 41. University of Georgia: Student Learning Center
William Gray Potter and Florence E. King
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Chapter 42. Virginia Tech: Math Emporium
Barbara L. Robinson and Anne H. Moore
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Chapter 43. Virginia Tech: Torgersen Hall
J. Thomas Head and Anne H. Moore
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Additional Resource: Video interviews with Virginia Tech professors Carol Burch-Brown [12MB WMV] and Kerry J. Redican [4MB WMV] about teaching in Torgersen Hall

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What People Are Saying...

"Our campus has learned the value of one of higher education's often overlooked assets?learning spaces. They can catalyze new ways of teaching and learning and create community. Institutional leaders can discover the power of learning spaces by simply downloading the e-book and exploring the possibilities."
Dr. Daniel J. Curran, President, University of Dayton

"If all you do is look at the images in this e-book, you'll come away with dozens of ideas about how to use space to improve learning, teaching, and student engagement. The collection is a rich resource for anyone in higher education."
James A. Davis, Chief Information Officer, Iowa State University

"This collection will open anyone's eyes to the importance of space to students and learning. The entire campus really can become a learning environment. Examples in this book point to the future of learning spaces that is already materializing around us."
Richard Mendola, Vice President and CIO, Emory University

"Whether you're a dean or department chair, in IT, planning or facilities management, or a faculty member concerned about student success, this collection of essays on learning spaces offers principles, processes, and practical possibilities you can personally use to reconceive and enhance the physical learning environment."
William M. Plater, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Additional Resource

Planning & Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces, JISC infoNet
JISC infoNet is an advisory service for the United Kingdom's higher education technology professionals with resources to support technology planning and management. Planning & Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces is a toolkit to help individuals and institutions with the design and development of technology-enabled learning spaces. It includes case studies, pictures of model learning spaces, and a 'virtual tour' of an imaginary campus composed of exemplary spaces derived from multiple institutions.