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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Book Review: Academic Library Makerspaces Locked

A Practical Guide to Planning, Collaborating, and Supporting Campus Innovation
From Volume 49 Number 2 | January–March 2021
Built on the authors’ wide-ranging examination of the literature and examples drawn from a variety of higher education institutions, this book offers a detailed roadmap of steps and strategies for planning these facilities and successfully integrating them into the academic fabric of an institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Challenging “If You Build It, They Will Come” Locked

Success of Active Learning Is About More Than the Space
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Active learning spaces can be catalysts for improved teaching and learning. Yet the key to planning for and effectively implementing them on campus is faculty who are willing to change, accept, and evolve their instructional delivery.

The Connected Campus

Building Long-Term Value and Agility by Connecting Offerings, Organizations and Operations
Published 2020
Campus environments play a vital role in student success. By making changes to their combination of spaces, institutions can respond to the shifts transforming higher education. Elliot Felix shares how colleges and universities can prepare for a more blended world by bringing together the digital and physical, enabling greater diversity and inclusion, and implementing flexible structures, staffing, space, and services. Sponsored Content: Knoll and brightspot strategy.
Conference Presentations

Simulation and Partnerships

Immersive Public Safety Training Comes to Campus
Published 2020
This session will explore trends and partnership development strategies around simulation-based training facilities for first responder students and professionals.
Webinar Recordings

Coffee Chat: Maker Movement Locked

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Published 2020
Recorded May 13. Amid the pandemic, makers on campuses across the world have pitched in by crafting 3-D printed face shields, ventilator components, and other life-saving innovations. The value of the maker movement is apparent; but how do we adjust maker spaces to a quarantined, social-distancing world? SCUP members Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham and Heather Taylor moderated this discussion.
Partner Content

Considering Students’ Neurodiversity

The Next Imperative When Designing Active Learning Environments
Published 2020
Given the continuum of human neurodiversity, active learning environments may optimize the learning experience for some students, while creating new challenges for others. When designing active learning spaces, it is imperative to consider student neurodiversity.

Partner: Learning by Design

Planning for Higher Education Journal

Super-Sizing Active Learning Locked

The University of Illinois at Chicago had small spaces. It was time to trade up.
From Volume 48 Number 1 | October–December 2019
Campuses are familiar with small spaces outfitted with active learning design, but what could be added to a large space—such as a lecture hall for freshman pre-requisite courses—to keep students engaged in the instruction?
Conference Presentations

Bringing Industry, Education, and Non-Profits Together

Published 2019
In this session, we will discuss the Construction Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus, that facilitates project-based learning to bring industry partners, non-profits, and students together under a common vision.
Conference Presentations

Post-Occupancy Evaluation for Active Learning Environments

Methodologies, Results, and Impacts
Published 2019
We will explore exemplary active-learning environments and the evaluation methodology we used to measure how these environments have elicited learning behaviors that foster student engagement.
Conference Presentations

Planning and Designing for Innovation

A Hackathon
Published 2019
This session is all about these innovation buildings—their design, use, and operations.

Using Alumni Surveys to Assess the Impacts of Active Learning Spaces on Development of Collaboration Skills

Published 2019
This is the SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2018–2019 program. The goal of this research was to evaluate the gains, if any, in the collaboration skill development of students who experienced part of their undergraduate or graduate learning within active learning spaces at Thomas Jefferson University, and to attempt to pinpoint the factors contributing to that.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Do We Need Classrooms Anymore? Locked

From Volume 44 Number 3 | April–June 2016
The innovation and creativity so prized in the 21st-century economy thrives not in isolated, specialized spaces, but in open, flexible environments.
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