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2019–2020 SCUP Fellow Angela Foss—Research Presentation
Delivered November 5, 2020
Presented by Angela Foss, 2019-2020 SCUP Fellow, Southern New Hampshire University | Lev Gonick, Arizona State University | Amber Luther, Populous | Mary Beth McGrew, University of Pittsburgh | Brian Ryckman, Southern New Hampshire University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Southern New Hampshire University

Planning practices for higher education campuses are continuing to evolve with advances in facilities, technology, and instruction. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a school with both a traditional campus and a home for 100,000+ online learners.

SNHU recently built a state-of-the-art engineering facility called the Innovation and Design Education building (IDE), for their College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics (CETA).

The research project by SCUP Fellow Angie Foss was to explore the opportunities to bring online learners virtually into this new physical space to provide rich and meaningful learning experiences for students. Her research included the development of two modes of delivery: remote labs and augmented reality/virtual interactions. Angie's research also includes the impact to the project by the immediate shift to all-remote learning due to COVID-19. The opening of the IDE was celebrated on January 13, 2020, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony; Angie had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

Of special note is that the Innovation and Design Education building (IDE) received a 2020 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building. (Learn more about the 2020 SCUP Excellence Awards.)

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss the role of “place” in learning, and the shift from campuses as the center to students as the center of the learning journey.
  2. Explore research on how physical campus spaces can be a platform of learning for both face-to-face students and online/remote students through remote labs and augmented reality/virtual interactions.
  3. Analyze emerging findings from the shift to fully remote learning due to the pandemic.
  4. Understand how this shift in learning modality (online, remote, or face-to-face) has opened new ways for us to think about a student’s learning journey, the role of place, and a new emphasis on the learning experience.


Angela Foss

2019-2020 SCUP Fellow
Associate Vice President of Innovation - College of Engineering, Technology
Southern New Hampshire University

Lev Gonick (Moderator)

Chief Information Officer
Arizona State University

Amber Luther (Moderator)

Planner, Senior Associate

Mary Beth McGrew (Moderator)

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Planning
University of Pittsburgh

Brian Ryckman (Moderator)

STEM Librarian
Harry A.B. and Gertrude C. Shapiro Library
Southern New Hampshire University

Recorded November 5, 2020.