Webinar: Women in STEM Series on Learning Spaces 1.10.18

Join this event on Learning Spaces and STEM
January 10th, 12:00-1:30pm EST

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to debut The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive series, a collaboration between Cornell University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales.

This interactive, online series features a different topic per month. Each session kicks off with an introduction by our distinguished thought leaders followed by institutional representatives from Cornell University and the University at Buffalo who will share insights from their campuses. Participants may join the conversation, ask questions, share experiences, build networks and learn more.

Guest speakers include our very own FLEXspace founder, Lisa Stephens, and FLEXspace partner, Jeanne Narum of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory. Learn more and RSVP for the event here

Learning Constituent Group Spotlight Spaces

Take a look at these spaces discussed at EDUCAUSE 2017 in Philly.

Including spaces shared by:

  • Julie Johnston, Director of Learning Space, Indiana University
  • Rob Peregoodoff, Director Learning Services, University of British Columbia
  • Nicole Weber, Director of Learning Technology, University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • Laurie Fox, Director and Manager of Educational Technology, SUNY Geneseo Assistant
  • Chuck Haberle  Asst VP for Academic Affairs, Academic Facilities and Technology Planning, Providence College
  • Matthew Wilk, Associate Director, Digital Classroom Services, Rutgers University
  • Andy Kuhar, Assistant Director of Learning Environments, The Ohio State University
  • Steve Bailey & Kate Slotek, Director (ACE) & Classroom Design & Development, University of Toronto
  • Adam Finkelstein, Educational Developer, Physical and Digital Learning Environments, McGill University

See the spaces in the PDF viewer below or click here to find the PDF slides:

Women in STEM – How Learning Spaces Contribute!



The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to debut the The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive series, an original online collaboration between Cornell University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales as informed through the lens of higher education trends, institutional practices, learning spaces and introductory undergraduate courses in STEM.

This interactive, online series will feature a different topic per month. Each session will kick off with a topic introduction by our distinguished thought leaders to be followed by institutional representatives from Cornell University and the University at Buffalo who will share insights from their respective campuses. Audience participants will also be able to join the conversation, ask your questions, share your experiences, build your networks, and learn more about effective evidence-based teaching practices.

On January 10, 2018, FLEXspace’s very own Lisa Stephens, PhD, Office of the SUNY Provost, will be on a panel discussing how Learning Spaces contribute.

Learn more and register at http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/womeninstem/index.html.

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.

UBTech 2017 Call for Presentations

Join us at UBTech for special FLEXspace targeted sessions and pre-conference workshop!

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

We’re thrilled to be a partner and program sponsor at UBTech 2017 in Orlando! Call for presentations is still open! We are putting together our FLEXspace track of sessions. If you’re interested in presenting on ‘next generation’ learning spaces, whether it’s about planning, design, or support, let us know right away! We can chat about including you in our FLEXspace track.

FLEXspace Included in New UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit

UK-LearningSpaces-ToolkitAnnouncing the publication of the UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration www.ucisa.ac.uk/learningspace.

Co-authored by one of our FLEXspace Core Members, Simon Birkett, the UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit provides guidance for Audiovisual, IT and Estates teams, and demonstrates why the provision of excellent learning spaces should be a strategic, institution-wide concern.


The authors note:

"Two excellent international resources inspired the creation of the Toolkit. The first, the audio visual design guidelines from the Association for Audio Visual and Education Technology Management (AETM), Australia, contain a wealth of well researched material on integrating AV systems into learning spaces3 . The second, FLEXspace (the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange), is an open access repository populated with examples of learning space images and related information from institutions worldwide.

Constructed from interviews from eleven experienced professionals, the Toolkit explores pedagogical principles and their place in learning space design, and gives an honest insight in to the realities of cross-professional working in universities and colleges.

The Toolkit includes advice on: managing a learning space project, working with professional advisors, considerations for particular types of learning space, using learning technologies, the evaluation of learning spaces and changing working practices.

The Toolkit was authored by Dr Gill Ferrell, with guidance from Caroline Pepper, Learning and Teaching Space Manager, Loughborough University and Simon Birkett, IT and Learning Manager, University of Staffordshire (for SCHOMS);  Eleanor Magennis, Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow (for AUDE); and Anna Mathews, Head of Policy and Projects (for UCISA).  We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from colleagues across the sector in the drafting process – publishing the Toolkit truly has been a community effort.

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February User Stats – 800+ Institutions and Counting!

trending_upFLEXSPACE USER STATS – Feb 1, 2016

You can find all FLEXspace user stats under “About Us -> User Stats” where you’ll link to the google drive and find the latest numbers.



Total users: 1547

Total institutions (academic and non-academic): 805

  • Academic (college or university): 686
  • Independent Art/Architecture School: 4
  • Academic (K-12): 39
  • Consortia: 2
  • Special: 1
  • Other – not-for-profit or government: 8
  • Other – Commercial: 61


Academic institutions that are:

  • Very Large: 71
  • Large: 74
  • Medium: 159
  • Small: 86
  • Very Small: 64
  • Community Colleges: 87
  • JISC: 33
  • Special: 16
  • Consortia: 2
  • (Blank): 81


  • Private: 197
  • Public: 374
  • (Blank): 115


  1. United States: 615
  2. Armenia: 1
  3. Australia: 13
  4. Belgium: 2
  5. Canada: 33
  6. Colombia: 2
  7. Denmark: 2
  8. Estonia: 1
  9. Finland: 2
  10. France: 5
  11. Germany: 5
  12. India: 2
  13. Ireland: 3
  14. Jamaica: 1
  15. Malaysia: 1
  16. Mexico: 2
  17. Netherlands: 2
  18. New Zealand: 4
  19. Norway: 3
  20. Portugal: 1
  21. Puerto Rico: 2
  22. Singapore: 1
  23. South Africa: 3
  24. Spain: 2
  25. Sweden: 7
  26. Switzerland: 1
  27. United Arab Emirates: 2
  28. United Kingdom: 34
    (Blanks: 51)

This week, learn about the LSRS and FLEXspace at ELI 2016!

ELIHear from Jim Twetten and others at their ELI session, titled:
Feb 3rd, 2016
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Central Time

Content Anchor: Learning Space Designs
A growing number of institutions seek to measure the learning potential of formal and informal environments. The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) and the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange (FLEXspace) have been evolving to assist with planning for renovation and new construction of learning spaces. These tools offer a path to maximize return on investment. Representatives from three institutions will report on the value gained from these tools as they have leveraged the LSRS and FLEXspace.
OUTCOMES: Explore the value of LSRS and FLEXspace on campus and share feedback on the utility of these tools * Engage in next steps for how these tools can be scaled and shared