Monday, February 23, 2009

Creating Innovative Learning Environments

Thanks to my colleague Steve for suggesting this video presentation on learning spaces. Creating Innovative Learning Environments, presented by James Jorstad of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, is a 50 minute video full of ideas for learning spaces. Early on Jorstad shows examples of older classrooms crammed with technology--I'm sure you know what I mean--and describes how effective remodels or starting from scratch can yield spaces with "translucent technology." Basically this is a technology-rich environment where the equipment does not dominate and overwhelm the space.

In the presentation, he shows a number of successful real-world examples of lighting, projection, digital signage, displays, furniture, space flow design, tablet PC application, and more, with many from information commons spaces. You could get some great ideas here.

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