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.”

 

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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.

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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.…….”

6 Industries on the Verge of #IoT Disruption

6. The Connected Classroom and the Transformation of Education

The strategic role of education in bringing IIoT solutions to fruition cannot be understated. How students learn will greatly be impacted by IIoT as more connected classrooms come online and more connected devices enable students to interact with content more immersively, untethered from text books. Not only will IIoT have a transformative effect on education, education will play an important role in delivering IIoT. Countries will need to double down on their investment in STEM education to both drive IIoT innovation and reap the most benefit from it. Today, this dependency is evident in the U.S., where many openings for high-paying manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because of the lack of qualified workers.

Across every national plan being developed, the potential of IIoT to drive efficiencies and stimulate economic development depends on cooperation. IIoT is not just a technology story. It is a story of wide-scale technology enablement driven by the mutual needs and investments of industry and society alike, a true collaboration between the private and public sectors.

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DO YOU HAVE EXAMPLES OF #IoT IN LEARNING SPACES? PLEASE SHARE WITH THE FLEXspace COLLECTION

K-12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

Districts go beyond reconfiguring classrooms and prepare students to take their learning mobile.

The word classroom may conjure up a certain image: chalkboards, a large desk in the front of the room for the teacher and rows of individual desks.

Increasingly, though, schools are ditching the seating chart in those often claustrophobia-inducing rooms and embracing all parts of the building. Hallways, stairwells and other parts of the school now are becoming places to learn too.

Yorkville Community School District 115 in Illinois has spent nearly three years planning and executing a major renovation and expansion of its high school building.

While the impetus was overcrowding — small classrooms, tight hallways, a dark library that had low ceilings and a lack of dedicated athletic spaces — Yorkville did more than just add room, says Technology Director Ryan Adkins.

“The whole goal was to make every space in our building a learning space, whether it was a hallway, a classroom or the locker bays,” he says.

Yorkville’s classrooms now are filled with rolling chairs, maneuverable student desks and the most up-to-date technology, allowing teachers to continuously redesign their classroom space for all types of student ­collaborations and interactive lessons. And when students aren’t in class, they’re still ­collaborating all over the school, including in newly renovated common spaces.

“It’s kind of that college feel,” Adkins says.

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Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

“Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.”

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Learning Spaces….Listening, Communicating, Connecting. Sound Matters! 

16 issues driving higher education’s approach to teaching and learning

A new survey released by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative provides a framework for addressing the role of technology in improving postsecondary teaching and learning.

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Learning Space Design and Integrated Planning are on this list of key issues in teaching and learning. Great to use the LSRS and FLEXspace to address both!

Ngee Ann Poly Partners with Seven Industry Leaders to Build Smart Learning Spaces | ThoughtWorks

A global software company focused on software design and delivery. We provide professional services and products and leading thought on Agile and Continuous Delivery.

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“New initiative integrates smart learning technologies and facilities to prepare students for the world of disruptive innovations

From April 2017, about 1,000 School of InfoComm Technology students will be among the first from Ngee Ann Polytechnic to be immersed in new Smart Learning Spaces (SLS) that will make them think, feel and breathe technology.”

 

I would like to see these spaces added to our FLEXspace collection! And, I will see if our international partner, John Augueri, is touring this space for his research. 

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 http://flexspace.org.

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.
http://ubtechconference.com

Contact:
FLEXspace
Dr. Rebecca V. Frazee, Manager, FLEXspace: Flexible Learning Environments eXchange
flexspaceinfo(at)gmail.com
619-723-6761

UBTech
JD Solomon, Program Director
jdsolomon(at)universitybusiness.com
908-251-4689