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A = Yes. Q = Does Community Engagement Have a Place in a Placeless University?

A = Yes. Q = Does Community Engagement Have a Place in a Placeless University? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The disruption of higher education is here and our traditional models of teaching and learning have forevermore been shattered.


It makes this disruptive moment that much more unexpected. For even as I embrace certain aspects of this technological transformation, I would argue that it is a perfect time (or maybe just a last-ditch opportunity?) to make the case for place-based community-engaged learning. The global reach of MOOCs, I want to suggest, may actually help us reconnect with our local communities.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

[T]he vast majority of such MOOC registrants never make it past the first week and only about 10% end up finishing the course. What is thus truly unknown, and what we must figure out, is how we come to think about and enact community engagement both within and against the coming online transformation.


This is the state of community engagement in the disrupted university. It is a precipitous moment where traditional models and norms no longer apply so easily or thoroughly. In some cases, there are immense opportunities to be gained as faculty discover how to make their work public and bring the public into their work. In other cases, there are immense opportunities to be lost as marginalized populations and communities become ever more disenfranchised from the institutions just blocks away, yet gigabytes apart.

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Let’s Make a Deal: RFPs as ITNs (Request for Proposals and Invitation to Negotiate)

Let’s Make a Deal: RFPs as ITNs (Request for Proposals and Invitation to Negotiate) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Contract negotiations can be uncomfortable for procurement professionals used to a different kind of sourcing, but the right strategies and tools can turn them from awkward to artful negotiators.

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Many in higher ed procurement are seeing the value of implementing contract strategies that include negotiation. Consider Bill Wheelock, director of procurement services for Youngstown State University (Ohio). About six months ago, his department began issuing each RFP as an ITN, as well (Request for Proposals and Invitation to Negotiate).


“This allows us to solicit proposals and then negotiate with suppliers based on their submissions,” he explains. “Presently, we work on the ancillary portions of the proposal, including shipping, handling, fuel surcharges, and other special fees to reduce costs. We also look into volume cost reductions and potential rebates for volume and payment terms.”

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Four finalists for Kent State's new architecture school building design

Four finalists for Kent State's new architecture school building design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Whether out of caution or bureaucratic complexity or institutional inertia, KSU has ended up with four design proposals that collectively fail to create the big buzz such a big project deserves - but the Weiss/Manfredi concept is a clear winner.
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CCUMC 2012 - The Innovative Instructional Space Repository - A Searchable Design Resource

From the CCUMC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 3-7, 2012. The Innovative Instructional Space Repository - A Searchable Design Resource, presented by...
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FlexSpace— What do you think of the concept?

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Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning: S. Ehmann, S. Borges

Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

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"Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and spaces that support progressive and collaborative models of acquiring knowledge. In addition to new interpretations of traditional places for learning including kindergartens, schools, universities, libraries, and educational centers, the book also features commercial buildings whose architectural innovation is redefining our understanding of what it means to develop professionally in offices, corporate headquarters, conference rooms, convention centers, and laboratories. Also included are more experimental projects such as flexible, informal, and temporary installations and exhibits that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium."

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Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots -

Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots - | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"That sneaking suspicion that you’re a more focused, creative person out in the woods? It’s true."

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Not a surprise to disc golfers  :)


Just more evidence that there is something about a wooded campus.

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