Tuesday, May 22, 2007
On May 21, 2007 I was invited to visit and present at Central College located in Pella, IA. It was an excellent example of a smaller private college with a commitment to effective classroom technologies with an eye on the importance of LEED certification. Classroom designs were refreshing and innovative. Classroom controls was through touch panel AMX units, with attention to room design, color, and ergonomics. I was able to lead a campus discussion on a the "what if's" of engaging students with technology, while addressing the need for vibrant learning environments. Currently the campus is looking into a new $20 million facility with the goal of a Platinum LEED certification.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
On April 23, 2007 I presented a session on focusing on learning space design entitled, "Strategic Advances with Technology." The presentation was given at the UW-System Joint Technology Conference held in Green Lake, WI. This conference brings together technology professionals in networking, faculty development, media, and libraries. The presentation showcased learning space design principles throughout the US and in Europe. Special emphasis was placed on collaborative learning spaces in libraries. I was able to show the transformation of a collaborative space in a library by documenting the process through video. The results graphically show student first working individually, then working in groups, and finally enjoying a new coffee area which brings faculty together with students. In the end, engaging both groups make for a stronger connection in the learning process, particularly outside the traditional classroom.