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Cutting-edge Open Concept Engineering Classroom at Iowa State University

Cutting-edge Open Concept Engineering Classroom at Iowa State University | Higher Ed Management | Scoop.it

A Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 4:00 p.m. EST

(Webinar will last about 1 hour)

Registration fee per institution: $100

To register, please fill out the online survey form.

Facilitator:

Dr. Richard Wlezien, Professor and Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair in Aerospace Engineering– Iowa State University

 

Featuring:

The new, open-concept learning space accommodating up to 120 students for the Introduction to Aerospacecourse.

What were the goals for the planning?

To move the introductory class from its current, distant place on the other side of campus into Howe Hall, the home of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering-LAS Distance Learning.To accomplish this migration as quickly and efficiently as possible

How did it happen?

Taking over a space tucked in a large alcove under the Howe Hall atrium stairs, a former go-to-spot for nappingConnecting to institutional initiatives (support) for piloting new generation classroomGetting $250,000 from internal funds.

What was achieved?

An adaptation of the ‘next-generation’ classroom concept—where technologies and flexible arrangements of equipment and students are conducive to a participatory, interactive learning experienceA greater sense of ‘participatory learning,’ by those doing the learning and by those observing that doing.’An academic interpretation of spaces in which real astrophysicists work, including those that Dr. Wlezien experienced while he was at NASA.

Learning outcomes for this webinar, similar to those for recent LSC webinars, include how to orient a community in thinking in a new way about learning spaces and how to focus their attention, secure their support. This is a newly renovated space, so pre-post assessments are not yet possible, yet the final learning outcome will address issues such as faculty response, student response, next steps.

 


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Pippa Yeoman's curator insight, August 23, 2013 12:10 AM

Recurrent themes in the way in which we refer to spaces for learning: open space, distant space, home space and migrating across space into what had been a disused space which was later colonised as a sleeping space.

 

Recurrent attributes: flexible, participatory spaces which mimic the real world. 

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The Department of Change: 2013: Resilience vs. campus sustainability?

The Department of Change: 2013: Resilience vs. campus sustainability? | Higher Ed Management | Scoop.it

Has “sustainability” run its course? Is it time for the Next Big Thing? 

So now what? Is it time for the Next Big Thing?  Has “sustainability” run its course? Before we think about that, what has sustainability accomplished? Well, on campuses at least, there are more courses, majors, schools, colleges and certificates in sustainability than ever; fairly rapid growth because many students want to learn about it. More campuses are offering sustainability curricula. More students are signing up for these classes. This is no small feat and a very hopeful sign. Likewise, campus carbon emissions are moderating or even going down. Green buildings are going up. Zero waste efforts are also on the rise. Local food programs/campus gardens are taking root. Renewable energy is up. And we are getting better at measuring all these impacts (STARS!). Great environmental improvements. Yet missing from the list of sustainability’s accomplishments are two important categories: fiscal equity and social justice.



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