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).

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.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.edsurge.com

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

 

Sourced through Scoop.it from: qz.com

“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.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: tech.cornell.edu

“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.

 

 

20 Years In the Making, A New Building Brings Innovation to Students

 

As we evolve and become more efficient, so do the spaces around us. Colleges and universities take advantage of the advancements in modern architecture and technology to provide students with improved learning environments.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: blog.suny.edu

Another exciting new learning space from SUNY!

“One of the newest buildings paving the way to the future is the all new Science Hall at New Paltz, which held its grand opening at a March 9 ribbon cutting.

Being the first new building in 20 years, the 77,000 square foot Science Hall is helping fill the need to provide students and faculty with innovative learning spaces. The building houses programs in Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Astronomy, Geography, and the AC2 program. The AC2 program is in place to support students in STEM disciplines from underrepresented backgrounds.…….”

Horizon Report 2017 – Rethinking Library Spaces

 

According to the latest Horizon Report: Library Edition 2017:

“The transformation of physical spaces is an ongoing trend within higher education. Listed as a long-term trend in the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition, the 2017 expert panelists believe that the reconceptualization of library spaces is maturing. Recent studies are helping to highlight the ways in which these changes are occurring. The report Planning and Designing Academic Library Spaces, for example, identified the approaches, challenges, and best practices in designing new academic library learning spaces. Through a series of interviews, the authors found that 77% of architects and 50% of librarians prioritized flexibility, favoring spaces that are movable and customizable based. Supporting a spectrum of learning needs was another shared goal. Most interviewees noted that new library spaces were being designed to support academic learning activities, with collaboration at 83%, individual study at 73%, and point-of-need services at 63%.” (see original report here by Project Information Literacy.)

Here are some great resources for rethinking library spaces, from the 2017 Horizon Report: 

Coalition for Networked Information Introduction and Program Plan 2016-17 go.nmc.org/cnipro (Consortium of Networked Information, accessed 20 February 2017.) CNI has produced a program plan that has three major features, including transforming organizations, professions, and individuals, under which spaces and services that support technology-enhanced research and learning reside.

Evaluating and Designing Learning Spaces Guide go.nmc.org/jisceval (Jisc, accessed 20 February 2017.) Jisc’s website provides a quick guide to the evaluation and design of learning spaces, covering assessment methods, project management, and the design process.

Imagine Our Library go.nmc.org/ucdlib (UC Davis University Library, accessed 20 February 2017.) The UC Davis Library is soliciting suggestions from students, faculty, and researchers about how the library’s space, technology, and services can best serve their needs. Phase one involves visioning, phase two focuses on detailed programming, and phase three is the actual design.

Learning Spaces Collaboratory go.nmc.org/lsc (Learning Spaces Collaboratory, accessed 20 February 2017.) The Learning Spaces Collaboratory is synthesizing findings from research and practice in learning space design to build resources to shape and assess undergraduate learning environments, such as an “Emerging Template for Assessing Learning Spaces.”

Library Refurbishments go.nmc.org/refurbish (The University of Western Australia Library, accessed 20 February 2017.) The University of Western Australia libraries are transforming to provide more interactive, flexible, and collaborative spaces. Once home to print collections, the Medical and Dental Library will be renovated with e-learning suites, computer training facilities, and collaborative learning areas.

Measure the Future go.nmc.org/measure (Measure the Future, accessed 20 February 2017.) Using inexpensive sensors that collect data about a building’s usage, the Measure the Future project will help libraries track the number of visits, items patrons browsed, and which parts of the library were busy during specific times. The data collected will inform the strategic dec