Save the Date: April Ignite! Event to Focus on Learning Spaces

This spring, UW-IT is coor­di­nat­ing an Ignite-style event focused on how the design of spaces can have a pos­i­tive effect on stu­dent learn­ing. Save the date and join us on April 18 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Ode­gaard Library, room 220. Ignite! ses­sions are a fast-moving and fun way to exchange ideas and inspire collaboration.

Jan­ice Fournier, UW-IT Research Sci­en­tist, and Jill Morelli, Direc­tor of Facil­i­ties for the School of Med­i­cine will kick off the event with a short (15-minute) keynote on cur­rent research on the design of learn­ing spaces. Their talk will pro­vide insight into the range of spaces that sup­port learn­ing, how the chang­ing cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous learn­ing is impact­ing space design, and how phys­i­cal space and poli­cies can work together to pro­mote learning.

Next, sev­eral UW staff will present on the learn­ing spaces in their areas. The Ignite! for­mat requires pre­sen­ters to share sto­ries, ideas, lessons, and strate­gies in exactly 5 min­utes, using only 20 auto-advancing slides, and tak­ing just 15 sec­onds per slide. Each 5-minute pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed by a 5-minute Q&A session.

Pre­sen­ta­tions will include:
  • Class­room Sup­port Ser­vices: Roberta Hop­kins, Direc­tor of CSS will dis­cuss the cur­rent sta­tus of general-use class­rooms on cam­pus, look­ing back to where we’ve been and ahead to where we’re going.
  • The Allen Library Research Com­mons: Lau­ren Ray, Ref­er­ence & Research Ser­vices Librar­ian, will speak about bal­anc­ing infor­mal and for­mal uses of the Allen Library Research Com­mons, and imple­ment­ing pro­grams to encour­age inter­ac­tion and collaboration.
  • Active Learn­ing Class­rooms in the OUGL: Jill McK­instry, Direc­tor of the Ode­gaard Under­grad­u­ate Library will speak about the new active learn­ing spaces that are part of the OUGL ren­o­va­tion, includ­ing the design prin­ci­ples these rooms embody, and the kinds of learn­ing that is best sup­ported in these spaces.
  • Com­par­a­tive His­tory of Ideas Depart­ment Office: Amy Peloff, Assis­tant Direc­tor of CHID will dis­cuss the ener­giz­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive work that reg­u­larly goes on in the rel­a­tively tiny space of the CHID office, show­ing that the com­bi­na­tion of depart­men­tal poli­cies and phys­i­cal design give rise to mean­ing­ful, infor­mal interactions.
  • Learn­ing Spaces in the New Res­i­dence Halls: Chris Jaehne, Assis­tant Direc­tor for Res­i­den­tial Life, Hous­ing & Food Ser­vices, will dis­cuss how infor­mal learn­ing spaces in the new West Cam­pus res­i­dence halls are designed to sup­port group inter­ac­tion as well as “cocooning.”
  • UW-IT Spe­cial­ized Learn­ing Spaces: Jacob Mor­ris, Interim Direc­tor for Learn­ing Tech­nolo­gies in UW-IT, will dis­cuss the vari­ety of stu­dios sup­ported by UW-IT, and the wide range of activ­i­ties that go on inside them, includ­ing music record­ing, video pro­duc­tion, and dig­i­tal pre­sen­ta­tion practice.

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