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Lost in Space Finding the right learning space for students By Jim A. Jorstad ONCEIVING AND CREATING A NEW learning space could be viewed as an opportunity, or a challenge, or perhaps both. is could be your chance to develop an innovative space to help students learn and to help faculty teach. On the other hand, this “opportunity” could become a mixture of competing interests and ineffective committees complemented by a seemingly endless sea of architects, consultants, contractors, and administrators, all with divergent points of view and visions. In the middle of this universe of constituents, you have the task of bringing a team together to create a learning space that is effective, sustainable, and scalable. Your challenge: to nimbly navigate a wide assortment of obstacles and pitfalls that can pervade the project. Or perhaps you are going “where no one has gone before.” e key to your success may be to know how to select the right people to sit at the table and how to match your new learning environment to the teaching and learning that is to occur there. Hopefully you will avoid hearing, “Danger, danger, Will Robinson,” as spoken by the B-9 robot in the popular 1960s TV show Lost in Space. If you follow some specific guidelines and design strategies, you can avoid being lost in your own learning space project. One of the first strategies to ensure your success is to carefully identify and understand your constituent groups. is process starts with your learners. While much has been written about millennial learners, the Net Generation, the XYZ Generation, and others, it is important not to make generalizations. It’s true that many of today’s learners energetically embrace the technology trend of the day, but we must also be aware that not all students learn in the same way. Some students flourish with group projects in collaborative settings much like spaces identified in learning commons. Other students may prefer to learn as individuals and may not be heavy technology users. Providing spaces that are flexible, engaging, and able to address a wide variety of learning styles and strategies is important to consider. While October 2009 | 45 e Constituent Groups

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - October 2009

University Business - October 2009
Editor's Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Financial Aid
Lessons in Video
Dining Halls of Distinction
Lost in Space
Independent Outlook
Internet Tech
End Note

University Business - October 2009