Share Your Learning Spaces and You Could Attend UBTech Courtesy of FLEXspace!

 

FLEXspace is a proud UBTech Program Sponsor!

The FLEXspace™ team is proud to be a Program Partner for the UBTech 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL June 12-14 (details at registration at https://www.ubtechconference.com/home).

We’re offering several chances for FREE and HALF-OFF registration for FLEXspace contributors!  

Add unlimited spaces to the FLEXspace collection by April 18th (before the early bird registration deadline) to participate in the drawing!

  • One lucky winner will receive a FREE conference registration ($600 value)
  • Two lucky winners will receive 50% off registration ($300 value)

For each unique record contributed to FLEXspace, you receive one chance to win – the more records uploaded, the greater your chances!

how to enter the drawing:

To contribute to FLEXspace and enter the drawing, do the following:

  1. Read complete contest guidelines and restrictions below.
  2. Sign up for a FLEXspace account if you don’t already have one.
  3. Upload/update a complete* FLEXspace record by April 18th (We’ll use the email from your FLEXspace record(s) to notify you if you win!)
  4. Upload unlimited examples – the more you share, the greater your chances to win!
  5. Winners will be announced Thursday, April 20th.

Contest guidelines, restrictions, and FAQ’s:

  • Who is eligible? Individuals with institutional .edu addresses (or international education equivalent) have access to the FLEXspace repository, and thus have the opportunity to upload records to FLEXspace and enter the drawing. There may be an unlimited number of individual FLEXspace contributors from the same institution. Upload/complete more than one learning space and increase your chances! In the event that two winners from the same institution are selected at random, the first name drawn will receive the prize – eligibility is limited to one per institution.
  • What counts as a learning space? Any physical campus space used for formal or informal learning – active learning classrooms, lecture halls, makerspaces, group work and brainstorming areas, learning commons, huddle spaces, living-learning spaces, and any learning spaces to proudly share with the world.  You may also upload a ‘before’ image of space scheduled for refurbish/remodel to later add “after” images.
  • *What counts as a complete record?  NOTE: we’ll accept a record with simply a contact email, campus, and room name! And remember to click to “publish” your record(s).
    • (Previous guidelines: It’s ok to provide partial information, but please provide as many details as possible – and use the comments field to provide helpful ‘backstory.’ NOTE: multiple “records” (e.g., multiple photos) associated with one learning space are welcome by copying data to all associated records (see “How to Copy from Master Record’ and other ‘How To’ tips).)
  • How many chances/records may I enter? One chance per learning space. E.g., Five uploaded photos and documents for “Room AH1120,” counts as one “learning space.”
  • What about updating records?  Previously uploaded “unpublished” records are eligible as long as details are included. Make sure to “publish” your records after updating them. 

DEADLINE: All qualifying FLEXspace records that are completed and published (newly uploaded or updated), by April 18th are eligible for the drawing.

WINNER: We will draw randomly from the FLEXspace records dated between March 13th and April 18th, confirming eligibility of the record/entry. The prize is fully transferrable to a colleague for attendance to the UBTech conference! The winner will be announced via email sent out to the FLEXspace community April 20th, 2017.

Why Attend UBTECH?

UBTech is an annual conference and trade show on higher education technology leadership.

  • Emerging trends in IT and AV highlighted
  • Keynotes from key campus leaders
  • Learn from hundreds of colleges and universities for a focused high-level conversation about technology innovation across every aspect of campus leadership and practice.
  • Exhibit Hall access focused on academic technology
  • UBTech attendees receive a pass to the InfoComm Conference floor.

Find out more about the UBTech 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL June 12-14 (details at registration at https://www.ubtechconference.com/home).

Library 2.017: MAKERSPACES Webinar

 

We’re excited to announce our third Library 2.017 mini-conferences: Makerspaces, which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 11th, from 12…

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Looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with the Library 2.0 community. This is a perfect fit where campuses can contribute their library spaces to the FLEXspace collection so others can browse and seek inspiration and lessons learned. 

USC Upstate tour – Indiana University

 

For those who missed the live tour for the University of South Carolina – Spartanburg, here is the recording. Thanks Julie Johnston for sharing! Check out further details about this space in FLEXspace.  

https://iu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_57k8ei9b  Thank you to our colleagues for participating!

 

 

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For those who missed the live tour for the University of South Carolina – Spartanburg, here is the recording. Thanks Julie Johnston for sharing! Check out further details about this space in FLEXspace.   https://iu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_57k8ei9b  Thank you to our colleagues for participating!

Make it at ‘mkrspace’: ASU hub of creative creation

 

The “maker movement” is alive at ASU. Hayden Library is hosting “Maker Monday” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its second-floor “mkrspace.” The event uses creativity and innovation to celebrate the library’s 50th anniversary.

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The Maker Movement – is your campus a part of it? What kinds of learning spaces are you building or redesigning to support it?

Makerspaces and their growing role in STEM education

 

As a young child, years before the first Harry Potter book was published, I sat at my mother’s kitchen table mixing together anything I could find into a tall glass and calling it a potion. Now, th…

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See what they’re up to at Indiana University. Wonderful post about the importance of makerspaces and their growing role in STEM education.

On placemaking

 

In this post I point to some of the literature on placemaking to inform the idea of digital placemaking which I introduced in the previous post and will develop in subsequent posts. O’Rourke and Bladwin (2016, p.103) note the “interconnected themes of place identity, attachment, and sense of community.” This gives us a sense of…

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This is very interesting and I will read further about #placemaking. We are currently redesigning the FLEXspace interface and user experience, and thinking about the “Spaces” themselves (those contributed as examples in the collection), as well as the FLEXspace “space” itself – the website and tool where you find inspiration, examples, information, and community, through targeted actions as well as through the serendipitous encounters with information and others. 

Announcing our UBTech Contest Winners!

 

We will be posting a full article about our contest winners, but just in case you were wondering…..we wanted to let you know that the lucky winners have been selected and contacted!

Congratulations to:

  • Indiana University
  • Binghamton University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Penn State
  • The University of New England, Portland
  • University of South Carolina Upstate

Keep an eye out for further details. And there may be another contest on the horizon……..

The FLEXspace™ team is proud to be a Program Partner for the UBTech 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL June 12-14 (details at registration at https://www.ubtechconference.com/home).

Visit us at  Expo  Booth 114!

FLEXspace a proud UBTech Program Sponsor!

Beware of the Word ‘Flexible’: Architect Danish Kurani on Designing 21st Century Schools (EdSurge News)

 

“Flexible.” It’s a word that often pops up in conversations about redesigning learning environments, relating to choices in furniture or movable walls. But according to Danish Kurani, redesigning 21st century classrooms goes much deeper than merely achieving flexibility—it involves going all the way back to considering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Danish Kurani
Kurani is a licensed architect who focuses his work on learning spaces, and currently teaches a “Learning Environments for Tomorrow” course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education every year. Having worked on locations ranging from Denver’s Columbine Elementary to SELNY, a psychotherapy clinic and adult learning center in New York, Kurani has seen and used a variety of tactics to implement learning design in pursuit of specific goals.

This week, EdSurge sat down with him to hear about the most common design constraints, architecture gone wrong, and the work his firm recently conducted on the Code Next Lab in Oakland. Check out the Q&A below, or the recording on the EdSurge podcast.

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Indeed, the FLEX in FLEXspace isn’t just about flexible spaces, we must also consider learning outcomes and activities, needs of individual instructors and students using the spaces, and more.

 

“Flexible.” It’s a word that often pops up in conversations about redesigning learning environments, relating to choices in furniture or movable walls. But according to Danish Kurani, redesigning 21st century classrooms goes much deeper than merely achieving flexibility—it involves going all the way back to considering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

 

Kurani is a licensed architect who focuses his work on learning spaces, and currently teaches a “Learning Environments for Tomorrow” course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education every year. Having worked on locations ranging from Denver’s Columbine Elementary to SELNY, a psychotherapy clinic and adult learning center in New York, Kurani has seen and used a variety of tactics to implement learning design in pursuit of specific goals.

 

This week, EdSurge sat down with him to hear about the most common design constraints, architecture gone wrong, and the work his firm recently conducted on the Code Next Lab in Oakland. Check out the Q&A below, or the recording on the EdSurge podcast.

We’re designing schools of the future with tools of the past—and it’s hurting our education

 

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“We invest literally billions of dollars and years of effort into improvements in education around the world, but we fall short at the final step. We’re making leapfrog-like advancements in nearly every aspect of education, yet when it comes to thinking about and investing in the learning spaces themselves, we are woefully behind. We are building a state-of-the-art Formula 1 engine in the body of an old, broken-down Buick, and wondering why the car won’t go as fast as we thought it would.”

How Creative Collisions Drive Innovation

 

“That’s the architectural invention of creative collisions, that you create architecture that allows these accidental ad hoc kind of meetings of minds and people to happen,” he said.

Take the learning spaces, for example. Under older teaching methods, one person stood in the front of a room and other people listened. It is a highly structured and hierarchical relationship, says Kleinman. In the new campus that will be blown apart. The spaces draw inspiration from artists’ studios, where groups work collaboratively and can critique one another’s work.

When the new campus was being designed, the team explored how these kinds of spaces functioned and looked at how such concepts could be applied to Cornell Tech’s needs. They asked questions such as: how do studios work? What kind of spaces qualify as jury space? What kind of surfaces? What kind of furniture?

The result is learning spaces which are open, flexible, and full of daylight. There are surfaces which are designed to be appealing to the touch.

From writing on the walls to moving furniture, learning spaces aren’t just vacant spaces for students to work on computers.

These design choices also reflect the innovative teaching styles at Cornell Tech. It also mirrors the interdisciplinary language used by staff, which might draw on a range of fields, including art education.

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“That’s the architectural invention of creative collisions, that you create architecture that allows these accidental ad hoc kind of meetings of minds and people to happen…

In the new campus…”spaces draw inspiration from artists’ studios, where groups work collaboratively and can critique one another’s work. When the new campus was being designed, the team explored how these kinds of spaces functioned and looked at how such concepts could be applied to Cornell Tech’s needs. They asked questions such as: how do studios work? What kind of spaces qualify as jury space? What kind of surfaces? What kind of furniture?

 

The result is learning spaces which are open, flexible, and full of daylight. There are surfaces which are designed to be appealing to the touch.”

 

Read more …..

Upload your Spaces Today to Enter for Free UBTech Registration!

 

Our contest is closing today. Please make sure to upload your learning spaces!

 

We will make is easy for you — simply upload an image of your space and at a minimum, enter:

  • Contact Email
  • Campus
  • Room Name

Any other descriptors would be great, but not necessary for the contest! 

And remember to click “PUBLISH” when you’re done.

We’ll be announcing the winner later this week!

Details of the contest are here.