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Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize

Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Call for the 2013 Perry Chapman Prize is live through May only. Respondents are asked to address the question: 
How does the physical campus support instit…

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:49 AM

SCUP will soon publish the monograph, "Research on Learning Space Design: Present State, Future Directions," by Susan Painter, Janice Fournier, Caryn Grape, Phyllis Grummon, Jill Morelli, Susan Whitmer, and Joseph Cevetello. This team received the 2012 Perry Chapman Prize to support their work.


From the introduction to the report from the 2012 recipients:


"Although several hundred articles and a number of books on these topics had been written by the fall of 2012, the field is still at an early stage of development. A first step in creating value from this existing body of work is to gather, summarize, and evaluate how far the field has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact. This was the purpose of the project being reported here: a literature review undertaken by a small group of researchers and campus architects/planners who had applied for and been awarded a small grant from the Perry Chapman estate, administered through the Sasaki Foundation in honor of M. Perry Chapman and administered by the Society for College and University Planning."


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Library spaces - "The researchers used mapping exercises, student-gathered photographs, surveys, interviews, and design charrettes. Their findings paint a detailed picture of students’ study lives that has implications for institutions that want to make the library relevant to those lives: 

Students are highly scheduled and on the go all of the time. There is no “average” day for a student. Academic, social, recreational, work, volunteer, and personal activities are all in the mix and each day is different. They eat on the go and carry their belongings with them, although they don’t carry their laptops. Students’ schedules are “offset” from librarians’ schedules. Students study in the library, at home/in their dorms, and in the computer lab. They use computer technology throughout the day and in multiple locations.

 The researchers also reported results from the design charrettes that show student needs and preferences:

Flexibility: spaces that meet a variety of needs. Students want to move easily among the spaces. Group and individual study areas are important, as are spaces to relax, a café, and computing and media viewing areas.   Comfort: spaces that provide comfort and have a “family room” atmosphere. This includes easy access to coffee and food, natural light, and an environment with soothing textures, sounds, and great warmth. The space should support sitting, slouching, putting one’s feet up, and lying down.  Technology: technology and tools should be intuitively integrated into the space. This includes high-end technology such as media players, smart boards, and plasma screens as well as low-tech items such as power outlets, staplers, and three-hole punch tools.Staff support: Students rarely made distinctions between the types of staff they needed in the library; rather, they expected to interact with a generic staff member who would be able to provide reference assistance, check out materials, answer IT questions, and brew a great latte. There were very few mentions of a reference or information desk. Librarians cannot assume that they know how students do their academic work or what they need.Resources: students included library materials in their designs, ranging from academic and reference books to leisure magazines and DVDs.  " Ackn. SCUP
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Is Location Based Content Marketing the Next Big Thing?

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Location based content marketing may just be the next big marketing trend. Get the facts on this trend and decide whether or not it's right for your brand. (Is Location Based Content Marketing the Next Big Thing?
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Assessing the International Spreading Risk Associated with the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak

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The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that started in December 2013 has defied several months of mitigation and containment efforts. In July 2014 it was still evolving in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of 20 August, the toll in those countries had reached 844 EVD confirmed deaths 1. On 20 July, the outbreak reached Nigeria through an infected traveler coming from Liberia. The Nigerian official reports list 12 probable cases, and it is not clear if the outbreak has been contained.


EVD is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus 2. EVD transmission during the incubation period is very unlikely and occurs via direct contact with blood, secretions, and/or other bodily fluids of dead or living infected persons. Gene sequencing of the virus causing the 2014 West African (2014WA) outbreak has demonstrated 98% homology with the Zaire Ebola virus, with a 55% case fatality ratio (CFR) across the affected countries 3. Unfortunately there are no licensed treatments available for EVD, and severely ill patients can only be cared for with intensive supportive care.


The 2014WA outbreak is the largest ever observed, both by number of cases and geographical extension. For this reason, on 6-7 August, an Emergency Committee of the WHO 4 advised the 2014WA outbreak constitutes an ’extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other States. Indeed, although the outbreak started in an isolated region of Guinea, transmission has occurred in large cities (Conakry, Freetown, Monrovia and Lagos) of the four affected countries. These urban areas have major international airports, thus raising concern about a quick internationalization of the outbreak (see Fig. 1). While importation of cases should not generate large outbreaks in countries where prompt isolation of cases in appropriate health care facilities occurs, it is clear that a quantitative analysis of the risk of importation of cases (likelihood, timeline, number of cases) in countries not affected at the moment by the outbreak may provide valuable intelligence on the evolution of the 2014WA outbreak.


So far most of the analyses on the risk of international spread of the outbreak have focused on the analysis of the sheer volume of international passenger traffic across countries 5,6. These analyses however do not consider the local evolution of the outbreak in the affected countries and the specific etiology of the disease (incubation time scale, etc.). Here we provide a quantitative assessment of the international spread based on large-scale computer microsimulations of the 2014WA outbreak that generate stochastic simulations of epidemic spread worldwide, yielding, among other measures, the case importation events at a daily resolution for 3,362 subpopulations in 220 countries. We use the Global Epidemic and Mobility Model that integrates high-resolution data on human demography and mobility on a worldwide scale in a metapopulation stochastic epidemic model 7,8,9. The disease dynamics within each population consider explicitly that EVD transmissions occur in the general community, in hospital settings, and during funeral rites 10. For parameter inference, we use a Monte Carlo likelihood analysis that considers more than 1,000,000 simulations that sample the disease model space and the data on the 2014WA outbreak up to 9 August 2014. This approach selects the disease dynamic model that we use to generate numerical stochastic simulations of an epidemic’s local (within West African countries) and global progression.


We evaluate the progression of the epidemic in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the EVD outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. The numerical simulation results show a steep increase of cases in the West Africa region, unless the transmissibility of the EVD is successfully mitigated. The overall basic reproductive number of the epidemic in the region is estimated to be in the range 1.− 2.0. We find that, although surveillance and containment measures have been in place for several months, the transmissibility in hospital and funeral rites are likely an appreciable component of the overall transmissibility. The probability of case exportation is extremely modest (upper bound less than 5%) for non-African countries, with the exception of the United Kingdom (UK), Belgium, France and the United States (US). As of the beginning of September, the countries with the largest probability of seeing the arrival of EVD cases are Ghana, UK and Gambia. The overall probability of international spread will increase if the Nigerian outbreak is not promptly controlled. We also show that as of the end of September, the size distribution of outbreaks due to the international spread of the EVD is contained (median value <4 cases) for countries outside of the African region. Severe travel restrictions to and from the affected areas (80% airline traffic reduction) generates only a 3-4 weeks delay in the international spreading.


The lack of detailed data on the 2014WA EVD outbreak makes any modeling approach vulnerable to the many assumptions and uncertainty about basic parameters and the quality of data. However, we hope that the characterization of the EVD 2014WA outbreak and the associated risk of international spread provided here may be useful to national and international agencies in allocating resources for interventions to contain and to mitigate the epidemic.


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How To Keep Your Creativity Flowing After Vacation Ends

Nothing jolts the brain awake as much as a change of environment, and that includes the physical space you’re in and the people you meet. New places and new people stimulate new ways of thinking.
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Why organizations don't want to accept flexible hours and remote working and why they really should

I always thought that employers are afraid of remote working, because their full time employees would work less. There's no trust in self-organization and the fact that we cannot see what they are ...
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Africa set to turbo-charge growth of middle class

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The number of middle class households in 11 key sub-Saharan African countries – excluding South Africa – are set to triple to 22m by 2030, creating a burgeoning consumer market for items such as vehicles, insurance policies, property and health products, according to a Standard Bank research report. Simon Freemantle, senior political economist at Standard Bank and author of the report, said the prospective boom in middle class households – those earning between US$8,500 and US$42,000 a year – is also likely to be complemented by a swelling in the number of lower middle class households that earn between US$5,500 and US$8,500 annually.
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6 Tactics For Powering Through A Workday On No Sleep

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The best places to live

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A data-driven ranking of the most liveable cities NOT New York nor Paris nor Tokyo. Urbanites in Britain’s former dominions should count themselves lucky,...
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Does Workplace Competition Kill Women's Creativity?

New research indicates that competitive workplace environments help men outperform women.
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How To Make Yourself Look Impressive During Meetings

We’ve all seen it happen before – bad meeting etiquette. What many people don’t realize is that how they act during meeting can help (or hurt) their career. Check out these Do’s and Don’ts to earn more respect at work…
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The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

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The wrong way

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IT SHOULD be no surprise that Latin America’s years of plenty are over, along with the commodity boom that fuelled them. Even so, 2014 has been disappointing....
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Getting to Know the Makerspace Movement in Education

The Makerspace Movement is Making Waves in Classrooms Everywhere. So What's it all About? I've been increasingly interested in learning more about the
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So what is holding innovation back? A new GE report

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I always look forward to the GE Global Barometer and the 2014 report is no exception, actually it really has moved the needle on what is presently holding innovation back. The Barometer has explore...
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Uber-Style Talent Poaching Happens in All Industries

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How much does it cost you when your employees are chatting with recruiters from other organizations, polishing up their LinkedIn pages, or just networking with employees at rival organizations?
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The λόγος of logos

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BRANDS have a logic and meaning of their own. But how much are they worth? Three companies that measure brand value have healthy disagreements. There is a consensus...
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How the ‘aspirationals’ are changing the world

Solutions to some of our intractable global challenges could be found in 2.5 billion empowered, young and urban shoppers. These are the “aspirationals”, and the way they are uniting style and social status with sustainability values represents both an opportunity for business and a lever for change. Aspirational consumers love shopping, but they also want […]
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Mozambique Economy 2014: Recent Developments and Prospects

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Mozambique’s offshore fields hold a combined 150 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, estimated to be enough to meet world consumption for more than two years. Negotiations between international consortia and the government to build a USD 40 billion LNG plant are dragging on with several players competing for the contract. The main consortium leaders, the US company, Anadarko, and Italian company, Eni, have reduced their investments in the project, selling stakes to new partners primarily from power hungry emergent economies. This has a two-fold outcome of diversifying funding sources for the LNG projects, while also potentially securing new markets for the final product. New entrants from India (ONGC Videsh) and China (CNPC) joined India’s Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Japan’s Mitsui & Co, Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production, and Galp Energia from Portugal. With an international partner yet to be selected, LNG production along with the sizeable contribution it will make to public finances is unlikely to start before 2020.
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Sign in to read: How daydreaming can help you beat information overload - opinion - 19 August 2014 - New Scientist

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Why Emerging Markets Prefer Big Smartphones

A new report suggests most consumers in emerging markets favor phones with a screen that is at least five-inches in size.
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Networking for Introverts

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Afrographique (Infographic depicting the largest CO2 emitting...)

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Infographic depicting the largest CO2 emitting African countries. Data from the World Bank.
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Land of Confusion: Why are our business processes so bad?

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Work processes, like road signs, should be clear and direct. They should evoke a series of concise responses to effect a specific, desired outcome. The problem is, humans are organic. We start out ...
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Boards Still Don't See the Value of Digital

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Want to Brainstorm New Ideas? Then Limit Your Online Connections

A new research paper measures the cost of connectedness as a loss of diversity of ideas.
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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Transparency and complexity make the boss's chair increasingly painful to sit in.
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