Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar Series Fall 2015

LSC Webinar Series Making the Case: Spaces that Prepare Students for Productive and Meaningful Lives

When: Tuesday, October 20th
Time: 2:30pm
Where: Armory 432

Join us for a thoughtful webinar featuring national college administrators from across the disciplines who are “making the case” for classroom environments that support collaborative teaching and learning methods. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 20 (2:30pm) in one of the new iFLEX classrooms on this campus, 432 Armory. Refreshments will be served. The webinar is free for faculty and staff.

Higher education strives to equip students with advanced skills in reading, math, and science, but research shows that graduates are entering the workforce with a surprising lack of skills in creative thinking, teamwork, and problem solving. Can flexible learning spaces help prepare students to work in diverse, multidisciplinary teams, learn to be comfortable with ambiguity, and be inquisitive and analytical?

Note: If you are unable to attend the webinar, please register here to receive a video recording when it becomes available.

Webinar Featured Speakers:

  • Sonya Baker, Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts – James Madison University
  • Sarah Goodwin, Kenan Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of English – Skidmore College
  • Robert Kolvoord,  Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering – James Madison University
  • Wendy Newstetter, Director, Educational Research and Innovation, College of Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery – Skidmore College
  • George Sparks, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts – James Madison University
  • Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture – Texas A&M University


American Association of Colleges and Universities. “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success.” 2015

Previous webinars in the series

September 23 Makerspaces: Catalyzing the Creativity of Learners

Free webinar series produced by Learning Spaces Collaboratory starts on September 23 with an in-depth look at a variety of makerspaces across the nation. Makerspaces are beginning to shape the image and experiences of higher education. While most focus on product design and 3D printing, these innovative classroom communities are also places of deep learning, creativity, and interdisciplinary discovery. Join us for this free webinar with discussion to follow about exciting new developments on our own campus.

When: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 2:30pm
Where: Armory 428 (Enter building from SW entrance, then take red elevator to 4th floor. Room 428 is just off the elevator.)

Register here for access to the video recording.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jacqueline P. Ashby,  Simon Fraser University
  • Bryan Cannon, SmithGroupJJR
  • Tim O’Connell, HOK
  • Kurt Paterson, James Madison University
  • Bonnie Sanborn, Stantec
  • Esther Vargas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Susan Whitmer, Herman Miller

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