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Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out

Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two-storey addition on top of Thompson Rivers University building gives B.C. law school sweeping style and space
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Using some additional examples, this also explores the growth in "vertical campuses," in Canada.

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Evidence Based Design Journal

Evidence Based Design Journal | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Issue 01 of the EBD journal is essential reading for anyone developing a new aged care facility, or remodelling an existing one. Containing globally relevant, detailed case studies, evidence based design strategies, and articles about future trends, the Aged Care Issue of EBD Journal will assist you with brief development, design and facility management"

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Excellent articles and a welcome new journal that planners should bookmark.

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This is an excellent site for those who are curious about how to relate to their interior design more effectively!

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external higher ed trend of interest | The New Editors of the Internet

external higher ed trend of interest | The New Editors of the Internet | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In a small number of Silicon Valley conference rooms, decisions are being made about what people should and shouldn't see online—without the accountability or culture that has long accompanied that responsibility.
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How does this affect higher ed?

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Ex-Googler Creates Slick Kit to Turn Your Kid’s iPad Into a Teacher

Ex-Googler Creates Slick Kit to Turn Your Kid’s iPad Into a Teacher | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Many parents lament the amount of time their children spend glued to iPads, but instead of reaching for the parental controls, ex-Google engineer Pramod Sharma figured out how to harness its addictive powers as an educational tool. The result, called Osmo, uses the iPad’s cameras and display to turn any kitchen table into an interactive learning lab. ... Osmo uses letter tiles, colored blocks, random dinosaur action figures, and even a kid’s stick figure drawings as video game controllers when placed in the camera’s field of view. Osmo’s sophisticated vision systems recognizes the objects and uses them to trigger animations and effects on screen. Now, with over a million dollars in pre-orders, Osmo is on its way to market just in time for the Christmas season and Sharma is sharing background on the design process."

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So, just how are we planning for higher education? What will "higher ed" look like when these kids turn 18 in, what, 2028? 

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Making room for Maker’s Space

Making room for Maker’s Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"'Philosophically, school is really good at nouns,' said Stager, founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge institute. 'We ought to be focusing more on verbs. For some reason, we’re talking about putting Maker’s Spaces places as opposed to putting (in) making places'


'I like to say that the greatest Maker’s Space is in between your ears,' he also said. 'It’s a stance. It’s a way of recognizing that I have the confidence and competence to solve any problem I confront, even if only to discover that I need to learn a lot more.'"


That said, both of them agreed that the physical environment of a school matters when adopting the maker approach. They just don’t want to see a Maker’s Space materialize as a bunker down the hall."

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Lots of talk about Maker Spaces. What are you doing on your campus?

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Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases

Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Abstract
BACKGROUND:

The indoor built environment has the potential to influence levels of physical activity. However, the extent to which architectural design in commercial buildings can influence the percentage of people choosing to use the stairs versus elevators is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine if buildings with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases result in a greater percentage of people taking the stairs.

METHODS:

Direct observations of stair and elevator use were conducted in 3 buildings on a university campus. One of the buildings had a bank of 4 centrally located elevators and a fire escape stairwell behind a steel door. The other 2 buildings had centrally located staircases and out-of-the-way elevators.

RESULTS:

The percentage of people who ascended the stairs was 8.1% in the elevator-centric building, compared with 72.8% and 81.1% in the 2 stair-centric buildings (P < .001). In addition, the percentage of people who descended the stairs was 10.8% in the first building, compared with 89.5% and 93.7% in the stair-centric buildings (P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of the current study suggest that if buildings are constructed with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases, a greater percentage of people will choose to take the stairs."

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Given an attractive staircase as an alternative, many more people will walk both up and down than ride the elevator.

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mehgostar's comment, July 3, 2016 8:52 AM
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Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They?

Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The client-consultant model for me is the right way to think about student in higher education. "

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Customers or clients? Drawing upon his own recent experiences as a consultant (with clients) in the design of flipped classroom learning environments, Robert Talbert argues for clients.

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The Business School Building Boom

The Business School Building Boom | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There has been a rise in what commentators call the "MBA building boom" - a raft of leading schools are spending millions developing their campuses and opening new buildings. The life of the b-school student is becoming one of luxury.

 
Portland State University's School of Business Administration is planning a $60 million project that will triple its available space on campus. Yale School of Management unveiled a new $243 million campus earlier this month, while Harvard Business School just spent $100 million on a new building for its executive education programs."
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We like this:


""In every way, our physical campus and the way Tuck’s faculty and staff interact with students fosters a sense of community and collaboration. It is the place where lifelong relationships are created - perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Tuck experience," she added.

 
With the rise in online and distance learning, it could be a risk developing campuses to such an extent - even if the majority of funding doesn't come from university coffers.
 
Sally Blout, Kellog's Dean, told The Economist earlier this month: "Our industry is about to transform itself. And you have to decide whether you are in or out of face-to-face education.""
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Beyond Institutions - Personal Learning in a Networked World

Beyond Institutions - Personal Learning in a Networked World | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In this presentation I look at the needs and demands of people seeking learning with the models and designs offered by traditional institutions, and in the spirit of reclaiming learning describe a new network-based sysyetm of education with the learner managing his or her education."

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Downes' work is important. In some respects he and his colleagues are looking at the same kinds of things researchers in "learning environments" are, or should be, but physical space doesn't figure much in their work. Hmm.

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Create spaces that support learning goals

Create spaces that support learning goals | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Florida has added two spaces that enable much greater flexibility for faculty members who want their classes to include high levels of student interaction and incorporate technology.
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"If the spaces your institution offers limit professors’ ability to teach, consider whether it’s time to create alternatives.

UF has added two spaces that enable much greater flexibility for faculty members who want their classes to include high levels of student interaction and incorporate technology. In the media:scape LearnLab, located in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, students sit together at tables. They have access to monitors, floor-to-ceiling magnetic whiteboards, short-throw projectors, and an interactive whiteboard. media:scape LearnLab is a package designed by Steelcase available for higher education institutions."

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Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Environments | Perry Chapman Prize Report

Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Environments | Perry Chapman Prize Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Second, and perhaps more crucially, our participants were also very aware of ‘juggling’ their learning across space, time and circumstances. The extent to which both formal and informal learning spaces were available and suitable - at home, on campus and beyond the campus – at the right time and place was perceived as affecting learning and engagement, shown most immediately through effects on attendance. Again, there was considerable variation in attitudes even across our small sample. First, interviewees had a variety of preferences as to where they liked to study (dependent in part on other commitments, their home situation and the distance of their living accommodation from the university). This ranged across wanting to separate home from study-life, enjoying working at home, and negotiating across a range of study demands and possible spaces, dependent on each situation."

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2013 Chapman Prize team—join the authors and distinguished guests during the SCUP Planning Interview at 10 am Eastern on Friday, June 7. This link takes you to their current paper draft.

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The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Our brains evolved to work most efficiently in natural environments.
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You can purchase Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, here. Another quote: "Stephen Kellert, a social ecologist at Yale, told me that our poor office design is a sign that we don’t see ourselves as animals, as having biological needs. “The measure of progress in our civilization,” he said, “is not embracing nature, but moving away from nature and transcending nature and becoming independent of our biology.” Kellert told me that he finds zoos ironic. We consider it “inhumane” to keep a gorilla in an indoor, concrete environment with no exposure to greenery or anything resembling its natural habitat, and yet we put ourselves in these environments all the time."

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MOOCs - A Tsunami of Promises

MOOCs - A Tsunami of Promises | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The prediction was that MOOCs will completely change the game in higher education. Enthusiasm was general - and groupthink so tempting - that many universities across the world adopted them as a pa...
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Interesting point:


The solution to deliver good quality higher learning to all enlightened the imagination of many. The narrative was fantastic: the door to what Time called “High-End Learning on the Cheap” was discovered and new startups and venture capitalists were there to fight to open it for the benefit of the poor around the world. Thomas Friedman argued in 2012 that “nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty” than Silicon Valley solutions and MOOCs will “unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems“.


There is no doubt that rising inequality is a huge problem for the world. This is why is important to remember here that Silicon Valley makes San Francisco one of the most unequal cities in the US. The fact is that the Silicon Valley solution is not working at home, and American politicians make public calls to find answers. A set of important questions should be raised about any set of solutions coming from the same place where education for all or homelessness stay unaddressed and are on the rise (The Guardian reports that in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley “92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind“).

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80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice

80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As architects and designers, where does our understanding of people come from? Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption," according to Evidence Based Design Journal.

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

SCUPers who 'get' integrative planning and design will understand the value of evidence based design. SCUP initiatives, like the Perry Chapman Prize, underwrite research in support of evidence based planning and design. 

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Making Space for Creativity on Campus, free book download

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The story of the evolution, use, and assessment of the Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton is a valuable resource for campus communities exploring the potential of spaces that nurture creative learning, creative learners. In this posting, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory concisely summarizes some of the key points in the 136-page document, specifically for academic leaders, managers, and administrators.

The Collaboratory has a forthcoming webinar on September 16, "Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience."
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New Perry Chapman Research Report: 'Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement'

New Perry Chapman Research Report: 'Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Members of the Society for College and University Planning can access digital versions of this new research report on the report's main information page, http://www.scup.org/SM-2014PerryChapman. Nonmembers may view a complimentary ten-page excerpt there, or purchase the book there as well.


This new report, second in the series, addresses the larger context of the university campus and students’ perceptions and experiences of their learning at the tertiary level more generally. Rather than starting from environmental psychology or behaviorist models, it explores the value of applying contemporary approaches from the social sciences to learning space design, an approach increasingly being developed. This, however, is not just a matter of applying a different research method; it also concerns the underlying problem of how we conceptualize relationships between material space and its occupation both generally and specifically in relationship to learning. In fact, over the last few years, theorists across many disciplines that deal with material space—such as geography, anthropology, and science and technology studies—have been critically examining precisely this issue of rethinking how to conceptualize the interrelationships between space, people, artifacts, and activities.

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About the 2013–2014 Perry Chapman Prize Research Team


  • DR. JOS BOYS is currently an academic developer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously, she was a teaching fellow and director of student enhancement in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences (FADSS) at Northumbria University.
  • DR. CLARE MELHUISH is an anthropologist of architecture and the built environment based in London. She has employed ethnographic research methods to explore processes of architectural design work and the impacts and social experience of built form in various different settings. She is currently research associate in the Urban Lab, University College London
  • ANGELINA WILSON is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Her research examines how students from different disciplines work together in a mixed-disciplinary environment and the effect this has on both individual and group learning.
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Natural light in office boosts health

Natural light in office boosts health | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, a study shows. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," said the senior study author.
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How about students? "Employees with windows in the workplace ... slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows."

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OHS OHS's curator insight, August 22, 2014 4:13 AM

OHS isn't just about staying safe it also means staying healthy. As Jon works in an office environment Natural Light isn't always guaranteed. Jon has assured me that majority of his light between normal 9-5 working hours is in fact natural light.

 

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Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new?

Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Who out there has redesigned graduate assistant space to support the way grads work and study today (versus 20 years ago)? Semi-private offices just aren't an option for some of our buildings and programs - nor are they necessary.
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Please share what you have been doing or what you have learned about.

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Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus

Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The problem is that we are entering an unprecedented period when two historic waves of building construction demand capital renewal investments even as resources available for capital are limited by reductions in state funding, decreases in research and philanthropy and debt limits set by trustees. New England campuses built more space from 1960 to 1975 than over the previous 80 years combined. Then many campuses followed with a second construction boom from 1995 until the Great Recession slowed building.


Now, faced with having to do 'catch-up' renovation on the first wave of buildings that are reaching 50 years old and “keep-up” or stewardship on the second wave of buildings, campus administrators are finding there is just not enough money to do both. It is starting to show to even the casual observer."

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Good question by the author: "How could we have spent billions of dollars on new construction and renovation over the past 25 years and still see a doubling of the amount of deferred maintenance?"

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A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem.

A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I could see a librarian dedicated to collecting, chronicling, and shaping the life of this building– curating, expressing, packaging, and facilitating everything that’s happening. Creating multiple entry points of conversation and bringing people together to celebrate their interests and ambitions. In short, the building becomes more than a bunch of classrooms; it becomes a participatory learning ecosystem."

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Very systemic and integrative thinking.

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Yale School of Management's Edward P. Evans Hall

Yale School of Management's Edward P. Evans Hall | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, which opened in January. At 249,743 square feet and a reported $189 million, the building assembles the school’s formerly scattered facilities, which serve some 300 students, around a grassy little courtyard and under one deeply overhanging roof. Monumentally shiny and not especially subtle, the building is closer in geography and spirit to the nearby Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson buildings on Yale’s peripheral science and athletic campuses than it is to the dense Rudolph and Louis Kahn masterpieces at the university’s heart."

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Excellent set of images.

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Is There a There There? Online Education and the Future of the Campus

Is There a There There? Online Education and the Future of the Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A Planning Interview with the author of Is There a There There? Online Education and ArchitectureX, from Planning for Higher Education, v42n3 April--May 20...
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Integrated by Design—Introducing the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace)

Integrated by Design—Introducing the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP has been working with this team to create a valuable tool for learning environment design—come and learn how to use it from the development team!

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The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace) is an open access repository designed to share examples of institutional learning spaces. It contains images and detailed attributes integrated across three domains: learning and assessment, instructional (AV) technology integration, and facilities. It will become an essential tool for those planning, designing, and programming learning spaces. Get an update on this exciting collaborative service, and bring your mobile device or laptop to take a "test drive" and provide critical feedback to the FLEXspace leadership team.  


Presented by: Megan Marler, ArtStor; Joseph A. Moreau, Vice Chancellor of Technology, Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Bradford Snyder, Associate Director, Classroom Technology Services, SUNY College at Cortland; Lisa A. Stephens, Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation, University at Buffalo; Clare van den Brink, Cornell University


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Developing Research Methodologies for Analyzing Learning Spaces | Draft Report for Your Feedback

Developing Research Methodologies for Analyzing Learning Spaces | Draft Report for Your Feedback | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

You are invited to read and comment on this draft of the team’s research report.


Mark your calendar for a live video conversation with the research team on Friday, June 6, at 10:00 am Eastern. The video will stream at www.scup.org/perrychapman/2013-2014.
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The deadline for the 2014 Perry Chapman Prize submissions is May 31.

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Face to Face—'an irresistible social side to learning'

Face to Face—'an irresistible social side to learning' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
As I was reading this interesting piece by Stefan Popenici, MOOCs—A Tsunami of Promises,* my thoughts kept turning to the ongoing transformation in SCUP's five regional hotbeds of activity.From
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Popenici's words about the value to learning of the campus as a learning environment reflect, I think, a growing realization, Academy-wide of the value of place in learning. Learning environments—the theme of this symposium—is an area where one can trace the growth in integrated planning, design, and programming and tie it right to the information (Perry Chapman Prize, call is open now) and tools (FLEXspace) currently advancing a real-time transformation in built learning environments. Every day I communicate with SCUP members who are not just planning for, but leading that change.

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