SDSU Live Tour Showcases Active Learning Spaces and Learning Glass

We hope you were able to tune in to the live tour by James Frazee at San Diego State University, second in the new series of live virtual tours of campus learning spaces sponsored by the EDUCAUSE Learning Spaces Constituent Group.

Link to archive of live tour: 

Check out FLEXspace for details of both SDSU spaces seen in the tour. These are just a few of the many Learning Research Studios and active learning spaces at SDSU. Search FLEXspace for more spaces at SDSU.

Learning Glass Studio – SSW 2667Learning Glass at SDSU

If you are logged in to FLEXspace, click the link to go straight to this image group:  Learning Glass SSW 2667 at SDSU

SDSU LRS EBA 410 Learning Research Studio EBA 410

If you are logged in to FLEXspace, click the link to go straight to this image group: Learning Research Studio EBA 410

DescriptionFriday, January 13 at 9am (Pacific Time) San Diego State University’s Director of Instructional Technology Services and Senior Academic Technology Officer, Dr. James P. Frazee, will provide a virtual tour of two of SDSU’s new Learning Research Studios. The ITS Learning Research Studios (LRS) provide innovative learning spaces for faculty to experiment with state-of-the-art instructional technologies and student-centered classroom design. Faculty who teach in the LRS spaces are encouraged to pursue scholarly research related to pedagogical innovations and are supported by ITS staff and a cohort of fellow LRS faculty. One of the LRS spaces being featured on Friday’s tour includes a large Learning Glass (AKA Lightboard) device situated within an active learning classroom. Learning Glass / Lightboard is new technology for delivering and recording lectures that allows instructors to write notes while maintaining face-to-face contact with students. Essentially, it’s a transparent whiteboard paired with a lecture capture system. This studio is also capable of “one-button” recording to a USB device, or automated recording through an integrated Mediasite capture system. Interested in building your own Learning Glass? We will describe the latest build and buy options available today.

UBTech and FLEXspace announce new conference collaboration

“New programming will focus on flexible learning environments and collaborations” 


Woo Hoo! The FLEXspace team is so excited to be partnering with UBTech. We will be finalizing our session line up next week and can’t wait to share it with you!

And be on the lookout for other big announcements and promotions for FLEXspace users and contributors coming soon!

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Trumbull, CT – January 13, 2017 The UBTech Conference and FLEXspace

The UBTech Conference and FLEXspace (The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange) announced a new agreement today to create additional specialized programming at the annual UBTech Conference.

The collaborative alliance between FLEXspace and UBTech will include several new FLEXspace-driven program sessions at UBTech 2017, which convenes at The Omni ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando FL, June 12-14.

“This program partnership with UBTech generates new opportunities for campus leaders to share innovative solutions for the planning, design, support, and evaluation of ‘next generation’ learning spaces,” said Dr. Rebecca V. Frazee, Manager of FLEXspace. “As a reflection of our growing international FLEXspace community, our program will also include new research on learning spaces, policies, trends, design principles and the impact space has on teaching and learning practices. UBTech is a growing conference attracting a vibrant community committed to the advancement of effective learning environments, and we’re glad to be working with them.”

“FLEXspace elevates our UBTech Conference program to a new level,” said Daniel E. Kinnaman, President and Publisher of University Business magazine, the producer of UBTech. “UBTech is committed to giving higher ed technology leaders and top solutions providers opportunities to share insights and resources that enhance institutional and student success. We warmly welcome FLEXspace to our UBTech community and we look forward to a dynamic relationship.”

UBTech and FLEXspace will cross-promote their new collaboration, with an emphasis on attracting increased participation at UBTech 2017 by campus leaders who lead and promote flexible learning environments, and by promoting FLEXspace’s presence at UBTech 2017 through the media platforms of University Business.

About FLEXspace:
The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange – FLEXspace – is a robust, open access repository of learning space examples contributed from campuses across the globe. Created by academic institutions, for academic institutions, the FLEXspace collection contains a variety of media files, such as high-resolution images, videos,and floorplans, plus detailed specifications that describe the facilities and furnishings, technologies, and learning activities supported in each space. The vision for FLEXspace is to become a ‘one-stop’ tool to help campuses improve communication among stakeholder groups, and help save time, money, and effort as they plan, design, build, and document their learning spaces. . FLEXspace users can use the tool to take virtual field trips to view peer institution solutions,, and create a digital portfolio to document and showcase innovative design solutions. Learn more at

About UBTech:
UBTech is an annual national summit on higher education AV, IT, technology innovation, institutional leadership, and student success, delivering focused high-level conversation and collaboration on how technology is shaping campus leadership and practice. UBTech is produced by University Business.

Dr. Rebecca V. Frazee, Manager, FLEXspace: Flexible Learning Environments eXchange

JD Solomon, Program Director



Wow! Learning Spaces Collaboratory Spring 2017 Lineup!

Oh the possibilities! We look forward to furthering our collaborative efforts with Jeanne Narum and the Learning Spaces Collaboratory group (LSC) in 2017.  We’re hoping to be part of at least one of these exciting regional round table discussions scheduled throughout the year, and more!

See the LSC lineup of webinars, regional round table discussions, and reports of their extensive 2016 research findings. Visit the LSC page for details .

California State U Adopts Mediasite Lecture Capture Platform Systemwide

We are so excited to see our sponsor’s tools, Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite, adopted across the entire CSU for all their lecture capture needs!

“The California State University System (CSU) has teamed with Sonic Foundry to make lecture capture tools available to all 23 of its campuses. CSU, with nearly 475,000 students and approximately 49,000 faculty, decided to extend an existing relationship with the company, which was named the university’s preferred video content management solution in April. Nine campuses within the system were already using Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite lecture capture tools….” Sourced through from:


UBTech 2017 Call for Presentations

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

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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.

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

Almost 2000 Users! The FLEXspace Community and Collection Continues to Grow!

FLEXspace user stats

FLEXspace Keeps Growing!

We’re proud to report continued growth this summer! The FLEXspace community now has almost 2000 individual user accounts from just under 1000 separate institutions across 34 countries!

Most users are located in the United States, but we have a growing user community in Australia, Canada, the UK and Europe!

Check out our latest September user stats.

You asked, we listened….One more week for entering the contest!

Deadline extended for sharing your spaces and entering to win a trip to the 5th Annual Designing Libraries Conference in Calgary! 

Due to several last minute interest and requests for extending the contest deadline, we say YES!

We’re extending the deadline for entry one week to Friday, Aug 26th!

Enter to Win!Even if you only have a temporary ‘placeholder’ image, or a ‘before’ image for the space right now, you can upload that image and complete the metadata details for the record now so you’ll have an SSID record number to enter the contest.

Later, we’ll make sure you add other images and assets to the record.

See the original post for the contest details and a link to the contest entry form!



It’s Official! FLEXspace Gets the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators Award!


It’s official! Joseph Moreau and Lisa Stephens accepted the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators Award on behalf of “Team FLEXspace!”

Many thanks to University at Joe and Lisa all smiles getting the Campus Technology Innovators Award!Buffalo, SUNY Geneseo, California State University, Consortium of College & University Media Centers (CCUMC), EDUCAUSE ELI, Herman Miller & all our sponsors who have made it possible for over 800 .edu’s across 32 countries to exchange ideas & examples of effective learning spaces. We’re on the stage only because of your dedication & effort… Keep on uploading!


Share Your Learning Spaces by August 26th to be eligible to attend the 5th Annual Designing Libraries Conference in Calgary for FREE!

FLEXspace™ is excited to announce an opportunity to showcase your campus library learning spaces and help expand the FLEXspace OER collection!

We encourage you to participate and to share this announcement with your colleagues, and through listservs and social networks!

Whether you are a new or existing FLEXspace user, for each library learning space example uploaded by your campus, you will be entered into a drawing to have one member of your team attend the Designing Libraries V Conference in Calgary with conference
registration, travel and hotel costs paid!**

AND if you share your space and enter by Aug 26th, we’ll include your campus space(s) here on our website in our Spaces in the Spotlight feature — a great way to get recognition for your campus and your work! (You asked, we listened…So the deadline was extended to Aug 26th!)

But it’s NOT just for library spaces. A number of folks have asked if this contest is open to more than just library spaces, and the answer…. (Drumroll)… YES! All spaces entered will be eligible for a chance to attend The Designing Libraries Conference… So get those non-Library spaces uploaded too!


To enter, first upload a complete record to the FLEXspace collection, then complete the official entry form.  You may enter an unlimited number of library learning space to increase the chance of winning! See Contest Details below. 

What is FLEXspace?

As Lisa Stephens explains in our recent5-Minutes of Fameat the New Media Consortium conference, FLEXspace is an open education collection of campus learning space examples contributed by universities, schools, and libraries worldwide. FLEXspace allows campuses to showcase projects, and view examples of what others are doing to save time, money and effort when planning and building learning spaces.

FLEXspace just received the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators Award for IT Infrastructure and Systems. We have over 1800 users from over 900 institutions across 32 countries, and growing!

About the Designing Libraries Conference

CNI, NCSU and the University of Calgary are sponsoring the 5th Annual Conference for Designing Libraries for the 21st Century, September 18-20, 2016 – hosted this year at the University at Calgary.

Librarians, architects, planners, designers, technologists, and educators will come together from across North America to discuss the challenges and achievements of designing libraries for 21st Century learners. See additional conference details at

Contest Details

To contribute to FLEXspace and enter the drawing:

  • Step 1: Read complete contest guidelines and restrictions below.
  • Step 2: Sign up for a FLEXspace account if you don’t already have one.
  • Step 3: Enter/update a complete library learning space record by Friday, August 26th, 2016.
  • Step 4: Complete the official online entry form to notify FLEXspace that your record is ready and entered into the drawing. (NOTE: You MUST do this in order to enter the drawing!).
  • Winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 26th, 2016.

Note: You may enter/upload as many separate library learning space examples as you like. The more spaces uploaded to FLEXspace, the more chances you have to win!

Note: You will need to enter the SSID for the record you upload. You can find that on the “Upload” side of FLEXspace (not the ‘browse/view’ side).

Where to find SSID

Contest guidelines and restrictions

RESTRICTIONS: **This offer is limited to the cost of hotel, conference registration, and travel/airfare expenses only, not to exceed $1500 USD total. Meals and extras are the responsibility of the winner. 

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals with institutional .EDU email addresses (or international or other education equivalent) are eligible for a FLEXspace account and to enter the drawing. The contest is open to an unlimited number of FLEXspace contributors from the same institution. Upload/complete more than one library learning space and increase your chances! (duplicates of the same space will not be accepted)

DEADLINE: All qualifying FLEXspace records (newly uploaded or updated), that have completed the drawing entry form by Thursday, August 18th, 2016, are eligible for the drawing.

WINNER: The winner will be drawn at random from the official entry forms. Incomplete records will not be considered. The winner may transfer the prize to a colleague from the same campus if desired. The winner will be announced via email sent out to the community on Friday, August 19th, 2016. (Note: If you have not made travel arrangements, our sponsor will assist.) Support for this contest is being generously provided by Herman Miller, a founding sponsor of FLEXspace effort.

Questions about entries and library learning spaces

What counts as a Campus Library Learning Space? Nearly any physical campus library classroom or learning space qualifies, for example:

  • Active Learning Classrooms
  • Collaboration Spaces for student brainstorming and small group discussions
  • Digital Scholarship Centers
  • Learning Commons and Information Commons
  • Multimedia Studio Environments
  • Visualization Labs
  • And more!

UPDATE: What about other campus learning spaces? Do those count?
YES! A number of folks have asked if this contest is open to more than just library spaces, and the answer…. (Drumroll)… YES! All spaces entered will be eligible for a chance to attend The Designing Libraries Conference… So get those non-Library spaces uploaded too!

What counts as a complete record? The FLEXspace record you enter must include details in all fields on all three tabs (Learning & Assessment, Technology, and Facilities) – including the comment fields! (If you can’t complete some of the fields, tell us why in the comments!). You may have multiple “records” associated with one “learning space,” so make sure you copy complete data to all associated records.

How many chances/records may I enter? Only one record/chance per learning space will be counted towards the drawing. E.g., If you upload 5 photos or documents for “Room AH1120,” this is considered one eligible “learning space” entry into the drawing. If you upload a complete record for another learning space, “Room BAM195,” that counts as a second and separate entry/chance for the drawing.

How do I get help using FLEXspace?

What about the conference? Find out more about the 5th Annual Designing Libraries Conference in Calgary, September 18-20, 2016  at .