Design of Technology Classrooms in Erickson Hall
Notes for College Faculty Meeting

September 22, 2004
Spring College Faculty Meeting, May 11, 2004.
Summary of Faculty Ideas and Three Page Design Concept Executive Summary

Overview. The College Technology Committee is working on plans for the redesign of 133 Erickson to reflect near universal ownership of computers by students and faculty and availability of wireless, laptop computers. The committee gathered input from faculty at the spring faculty meeting, explored new design ideas for K-12 schools and universities, and conversations with faculty.

We how have a working draft of a  "design concept"  for the redesign process.

This design concept incorporates many of the aspirations and suggestions received from faculty and others. The next step will be to present the ideas in this concept paper to designers and request preliminary plans for kinds of specific modifications, furniture, and technology installations needed to meet the goals in the concept paper.

Today's Meeting.

Most important announcement: Erickson Cyber Cafe! Coming soon!

Main Ideas. Summary.

A Quick Tour: Looking at 133. [Gallery of Images]

Main Area. View from Inside. Another view.  Imagine bulky furniture gone.

Toward Support: View from Lobby.

Moving Tech Guide Area.  Current location

Welcoming Help Desk. A friendly face. One stop shopping.

Technology Workshop and Tutoring Area.

Sources of Ideas.

http://www.msu.edu/user/pdickson/talks/designehfacultyideas.htm
Ideas from MSU College Faculty Meeting, May 11, 2004.

http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/NLI0405.pdf  (Highly Recommended)
New Learning Ecosystems
National Learning Infrastructure Initiative Annual Report 2004

Draw on best of K-12 architecture and design.

Example:
Deerfield Elementary School, Novi Community School District;
Richard Njus, Principal
http://www.novi.k12.mi.us/Schools/deerfield/default.aspx
...a flexible, semi open setting. (Idea: easily movable walls.)

http://www.novi.k12.mi.us/schools/deerfield/webpages/deerfieldlearningcenter.aspx
Learning center


Notes from the NLII Fall Focus Session, MIT, September 8-10, 2004
"Learning Space Design for the 21st Century"

Major Theme: Changes, especially in our students.
Need to focus on learners, pedagogy, and the interplay of curriculum and space.
Example: MIT AeroAstro Department reforms of curriculum and spaces.

http://www.educause.edu/nlii/keythemes/
Examples: learner-centered principles, learning space design, mobile learning, electronic portfolios, and others.

http://www.educause.edu/nlii/keythemes/2004/learning_space.asp

Learning space design.

For example, photos of different configurations:
http://www.ncsu.edu/PER/SCALEUP/Classrooms.html


Themes from NLII Focus Session


Learners are changing.
Students live in a different world than many faculty remember.
Mobile, connected, powerful computer in hand and in room.
Learning is migrating out of classrooms to new learning spaces (Starbucks).
Enabled by wireless laptops, cellphones, etc.
Design for social interactions and relationships.
Invest in faculty development
Create environments to support faculty learning together(Stanford example).
Make teaching and learning visible.


http://www.agesinc.com/default_files/Page8134.htm
Need to encourage research on teaching and learning.
Importance of assessment of learning and evaluation.

Beyond the Redesign of 133 Erickson:
Design for Ubiquitous Learning in the College of Education

Wireless access throughout building.
View lawn areas outside building as "technology enabled learning spaces"
Coffee shop in lower lobby.
Spaces outside faculty offices.
Faculty offices.

Examples:

High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA),
a magnet school in Pittsburgh: Students work visible outside and inside in multiple ways.

http://www.arcspace.com/architects/koolhaas/McCormick-Tribune/
Rem Koolhaas building at Illinois Institute of Technology.