Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 AM
Place: Philadelphia University, Tuttleman Center
Presentation: "Lessons Learned from Planning & Implementing Active Learning Spaces"
The planning stage is the 'make or break' step in determining the overall success of campus wide initiatives that strive to renew learning spaces that enhance active learning strategies. Through several small (individual classrooms) to large (new buildings) experiences with planning and implementing active learning spaces on our campus, one pivotal lesson learned has been getting the 'right' stake-holders into the planning stage and fostering productive discussions that will optimize the final spaces for all involved (faculty, students, IT, etc.). Using active learning methods, participants in this session will identify strategies to maximize campus-wide ‘buy-in’ from all stakeholders before environments are built. We will identify those planning team members’ characteristics that lead to productive planning and implementation of active learning spaces and discuss strategies for orchestrating planning teams that represent all stakeholders’ agendas and interests. This session is highly relevant to institutions thinking about embarking on learning space transformations that will align with active, collaborative, real-world teaching coupled with mindful use of technologies that support collaborative pedagogies.
Campus Tour: Active Learning Spaces @ Philly U
This event also includes a campus tour highlighting Philadelphia University's experimentation and implementation of both formal (classrooms, studios, labs, building-wide) and informal (student center, library) learning spaces. These are innovative, mindfully-designed physical spaces with appropriate technologies which foster active, collaborative, real-world teaching and learning.