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.

 

 

Webinar: Strategies for Scaling Active Learning Classrooms Across Campus

Check out this upcoming webinar, presented by our very own FLEXspace core team member, Mark McCallister, hosted by Academic Impressions.

Strategies for Scaling Active Learning Classrooms Across Campus

May 31, 2017 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT

Learn strategies for bringing active learning opportunities to your entire campus.

Many institutions create a few “showcase” active learning spaces rather than incorporating active learning elements throughout all classrooms on campus. Learn how to pursue a scalable model for creating active learning spaces across your campus. This training will focus on how you can:

  • Improve your physical space with active learning components
  • Gain buy-in from faculty for a pedagogy shift
  • Save time and money to create spaces that enhance student learning

This training will feature examples from the University of Florida to help you see the concepts discussed.

Mark McCallister

Associate Director of the Office of Academic Technology
University of Florida

Mark McCallister is Associate Director of the Office of Academic Technology at the University of Florida. Areas under his supervision include classroom technology support, video & collaboration services, A/V installation services, learning space design, computer labs & classrooms, optical mark recognition scanning and scoring, support of workstation hardware and software, and software application & desktop virtualization. He served as President of CCUMC: Leadership in Media & Academic Technology (http://www.ccumc.org) in 2010-2011, and in other roles on CCUMC’s Board of Directors from 2008-2012. Mark has presented on various topics at numerous CCUMC conferences, as well as ACM SIGUCCS, EduComm, the 2011 Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services conference in Newcastle, United Kingdom, and was an invited keynote speaker at the 2012 Learning Space Design Summit in Sydney, Australia. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Technology.

Welcoming Sony Education Segment as our Newest Sponsor!

We are excited to announce Sony Education Segment as our newest FLEXspace sponsor! Eisuke Sakai and his team from Japan and USA will be working with our core team to see how to best connect with and support the FLEXspace community to develop creative learning spaces with AV and IT technologies. Join us in giving Sony a big welcome! 

Learn more about our newest sponsor here at Sony Education SegmentSony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc. 

@SonyElectronics@Sony

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).

Learning Spaces Collaboratory FREE Webinars Start Next Week!

LSCThe upcoming LSC webinar is titled “Strategies for Catalyzing Campus-wide Attention to the Future of Learning Spaces.”

“After participating in the LSC Roundtable at Loyola University, Dean Pamela Scott-Johnson and Professor Carlos Gutierrez explored with their colleagues at California State University Los Angeles the idea of bringing a roundtable to their campus. 20 academics joined five architects in the four-hour discussion, beginning with individual questions and concluding with a short list of questions and ideas to pursue in coming months. This was a roundtable assembled with no major campus facilities projects in the future; it ended with some ambitious ideas about the campus as an ecosystem for learning that capitalized on existing assets – particularly their students, faculty, and urban setting.”

See their website for more details and to register.

The Evolution of FLEXspace: Help Us Make This a Reality!

Take a look at our Sponsorship Tiers Info Card that details our plans for expansion, and how sponsors can help support us!

The Tool: FLEXspace is an integrated planning tool that supports university personnel throughout various stages of the ideation and (re)design process. FLEXspace helps:

  • Improve process efficiencies and the effectiveness of design choices.
  • Bridge various stakeholders to foster better communication and discipline-based understanding
  • Build consensus among campus stakeholders before involving architects, donors and others

The Community: The FLEXspace.org website will emerge as THE “one stop shop” resource for those who plan, design, maintain and use innovative campus learning spaces.

And The Winner Is….

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As you know, last month we held a contest to encourage contributions of academic library learning spaces to the FLEXspace collection. Now, we’re happy to announce that the contest winner is Stony Brook University Libraries and their new Central Reading Room!! 
laurasquaresmallThank you to Laura Costello for contributing the space and fleshing out a detailed record! Laura is the Head of Research & Emerging Technologies, and the liaison to the Computer Science and Linguistics departments. She also selects reference materials for the library and provides reference services in person and online. She is actively trying to integrate new and emerging technologies into library service.  You can follow Laura’s conference blog here.
For their winning contribution, one member of the Stony Brook University Libraries team received an all expense paid trip to attend the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference in Calgary. We are proud to have the Stony Brook University Libraries exemplars showcased in the FLEXspace collection and shared with this worldwide community! 
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And a tremendous thank you to Herman Miller for sponsoring the winner!