About Us

The FLEXspace Initiative

The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange – FLEXspace – is a robust, open access repository populated with examples of learning spaces. It contains high resolution images and related information that describes detailed attributes of these spaces from institutions across the globe.

The incentive for participation is to showcase innovative design solutions open to peer review ranking and comments. As more contributions are received, the repository will emerge into a very useful planning resource for education and supporting entities at multiple levels.

Typical FLEXspace Users

FLEXspace users include decision makers, influencers, and practitioners tasked with planning,  design, implementation and assessment of campus learning spaces:



Our Core Team

The Core Team has been active since early 2012 in working to envision a sustainable FLEXspace resource for the global higher education community.


Founding Organizations

You can email us at info@flexspace.org. But the best way to connect with the FLEXspace Core Team is to reach out to the member most closely aligned with your interests. Click the member’s name for their bio.

New FLEXspace Research and Evaluation Working Group (May 2018)
  • šPatricia Aceves, Asst. Provost and Senior Dir., Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Stony Brook
  • šJohn Augeri, International learning spaces researcher, Director, Paris Ile-de-France Digital University
  • šTracey Birdwell, Indiana University, ID and faculty developer leading IU’s active learning initiative
  • šLucila Carvalho, Senior Lecturer in e-Learning & Digital Technologies, Massey University, New Zealand
  • šBernie Dodge, Learning Design & Technology Faculty, San Diego State University
  • šMark Lee, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Charles Sturt University, AUS; Visiting Faculty, Carnegie Mellon
  • šKatie Linder, Research Director, Oregon State Ecampus
  • šMarsha Lovett, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching Innovation & Learning Analytics as well as Director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University
  • šKevin McDonough, Asst. Professor of English, Dir. of the CTL, Faculty Development, Lackawanna College
  • šJeanne Narum, Founder, Learning Spaces Collaboratory
  • šRebecca Rotundo, Instructional Technology Specialist, University at Buffalo
  • šRobert Talbert, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Grand Valley State University
  • šKeith Webster, Dean of Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives, formerly at The University of Queensland
Core Team Coordinators

stephens_lisa_newbayLisa A. Stephens
Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation
SUNY System Administration and University at Buffalo


RebeccaFrazeeHeadshotSqCloseRebecca V. Frazee 
Lecturer, Learning Design & Technology Program
San Diego State University

Core Team Members (alphabeTical)

John Augeri, Deputy Director
Paris Île-de-France Digital University
Kyoto University | Invited Researcher



Simon BirkettSimon Birkett
IT Learning & Technology Manager, Information Services
Staffordshire University, UK


brownMalcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative



Dana C. Gierdowski
FLEXspace Core Team, Research Committee
Lecturer, University of Arizon


Customer_James-Frazee-San-Diego-State1James P. Frazee
Senior Academic Technology Officer
San Diego State University



gerry_hanleyGerard L. Hanley
Sr. Director, Academic Technology Services
California State University, Office of the Chancellor


Christopher Johnson
Program Director, EdTech
University of Arizona South
ISTE Learning Spaces PLN Co-Chair


Mark J. W. Lee
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Charles Sturt U., Australia
IEEE Ed Tech Associate Editor


Joan Lippincott
Assoc. Exec. Director
Coalition for Networked Information


PhilLongPhil Long
Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Vice Provost For Learning Sciences
University of Texas, Austin


MM_3Megan Marler (email)
Director, Strategic Services, ARTstor



McCallisterMark McCallister
Director, Office of Academic Technology
University of Florida



moreauJoseph A. Moreau
CTO & Vice Chancellor, Technology
Foothill-DeAnza Community College District



Jeanne L. Narum. Director
The Independent Colleges Office
Learning Spaces Collaboratory


kim-largeKim Scalzo
Director, Ctr. for Professional Development
SUNY System Administration


snyderBrad Snyder
Technical Services Coordinator
SUNY College at Cortland


Claire Turcotte (email)

Managing Editor, Planning for Higher Education
Society for College and University Planning



twettenJim Twetten
Teaching and Learning Spaces Service Owner
Office of Information Technology
University of Minnesota


James Young (email)
Chief Learning Officer
Society for College and University Planning

Founding Partners

The following organizations have contributed significant resources in terms of professional time, advisement, energy and/or funding support:









Foundational Working Groups

A/V Integration Team

Team is tasked with reviewing and modifying existing audio-video taxonomy to ensure that classroom media and A/V integration fields are properly separated from facilities fields, and that all baseline information is correct.

  • Core Team Lead: Brad Snyder, SUNY Cortland
  • Estimated number of meetings: 4 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: early August

Documents: IISR Data Development for Proof of Concept.xls

Facilities Integration Team

The Facilities Integration Team is tasked with reviewing and modifying existing facilities and construction taxonomy fields to ensure that descriptions are properly separated from A/V integration fields, and that all baseline information is correct.

  • Core Team Lead: TBA
  • Estimated number of meetings: 4 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: early August
Learning Spaces Typology & Assessment Team

The Learning Spaces Typology & Assessment Team is tasked with creating and modifying existing learning space classifications and related fields to ensure a common understanding of space descriptions. This team will also develop an assessment method (or rubrics) to measure the pedagogical effectiveness of the learning space type.

  • Core Team Lead: Clare van den Blink, Cornell University
  • Estimated number of meetings: 6 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: early August

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Peer Review Team

The Peer Review Team is tasked with adapting the MERLOT boilerplate material and methods of Open Access peer review to the FLEXspace collection. This includes development of policy and licensing guidelines, and API exploration to share data between content systems.

  • Core Team Lead: Gerry Hanley, California State University System
  • Estimated number of meetings: 6-8 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: TBD (Target start: Fall 2013, follows soft rollout of production content. Dependencies contingent upon collection and taxonomy development.)
Sponsorship Team

The Sponsorship Team is tasked with development and outreach to potential sponsors to establish long term service support. This team will coordinate closely with the Governance Team, and also draft a marketing and communications plan.

  • Core Team Lead: Joe Moreau, Vice Chancellor – Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
  • Estimated number of meetings: 6-8 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: Early September
Governance Team

The Governance Team is tasked with drafting Bylaws and developing the core team transition plan. It includes identification of legal necessities (contracts), integrates sponsorship recommendations into guiding documents and assists with marketing and communications planning.

  • Core Team Lead: Kim Scalzo, SUNY Center for Professional Development
  • Estimated number of meetings: 4-6 Con Calls
  • Deliverable target: First week of September

Taxonomy Review & Contributors

Learning and Assessment
  • Clare van den Blink – Cornell University (Core Lead)
  • Doug Willen – Swarthmore College
  • Joan Lippincott – Coalition Network Info.
  • Linda Kendall Knox – University of Michigan
  • Dana Gierdowski – North Carolina State University
Technology Integration
  • Brad Snyder – SUNY Cortland (Core Lead)
  • Charles Minihan – Emory University
  • Beth Fellendorf – University at Buffalo
  • Lori Swinney – University of North Dakota
  • Mark McCallister – University of Florida
  • John Pfeffer – University at at Buffalo
  • Jim Twetten – Iowa State University
FLEXspace Identity Design
  • Laurie Yarnes – University at Buffalo
Facilities Integration
  • Terry Calhoun – SCUP (Core Lead)
  • Claire Turcotte – SCUP
  • Ira Fink – Ira Fink and Associates
  • Persis Rickes – Rickes Associates Inc.
  • Shirley Dugdale – Dugdale Strategy, LLC
  • Scott Shader – University of Mass Med School – Worcester
  • Valarie Avalone Monroe Community College (SUNY)
  • Daniel K.Paulien Paulien & Associates, Inc.
  • Fran Gast RI School Design (RISD) Ret.
  • Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham – University of Mass – Amherst
  • Lennie Scott-Webber Steelcase Inc.
  • Michael Hites – University of Illinois
Original SUNY Innovative Instruction Space Repository (IISR) Contributors
  • SUNY FACT2 Learning Environments Task Group – (2011)
  • David Lavallee, SUNY Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, (Sponsor)
  • Joseph Moreau, Chief Technology Officer, Oswego, Chair
  • Lisa Stephens, Associate Director of Academic Services, University at Buffalo (FACT2 Chair)
  • Joan Getman, Sr. Strategist for Learning Technologies, Cornell
  • Greg Bronson, Project Lead, Cornell
  • Graham Glynn, Assistant Provost, Stony Brook
  • Wayne Jones, Chemistry Department Chair, Binghamton
  • Mark McBride, Instructional Support, Buffalo State College
Many Thanks to Original and Previous Core Team Members:

Terry Calhoun

Director, Media Relations and Publications
Society for College and University Planning

Vice President & CIO
Pace University