Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration and Technology
University Business magazine, in its recent “Collaboration Station” issue published in May, 2011, documented the recent flurry of reinvented spaces and new construction that caters to students and university populations. In it, they recall the uninviting environments of yesterday and look toward the future of designing higher education learning spaces. Higher education spaces are undergoing radical transformation in an attempt to respond to the needs of 21st-century learners and a renewed interest in collaboration that spans beyond the walls of departments, colleges, and libraries. Meanwhile, libraries, media labs, and other central higher education initiatives are reinventing their spaces through remodeled centers and full-scale renovation projects. Likewise, some involve new, collaborative practices that respond to the ways that students, faculty, and staff communicate, research, and learn in the 21st century. Universities are drawing from successful reinvented corporate environments as they design their new spaces, libraries are becoming centralized hubs for collaboration and information design, and the information commons concept has taken on a new meaning for higher education leaders.
This collection invites representatives from higher education, K-12 education, a range of industries, and the corporate sector to ask questions about the future of higher education spaces, collaborative partnerships, and technologies that serve to develop new environments or reinvent previously unused or underused ones. The editor invites single authored and collaboratively written articles from a diverse range of innovative higher education and corporate partners to offer perspectives on ways in which technology, collaborative efforts, and creative thinking can be leveraged to envision new and redesigned higher education spaces.
Russell Carpenter. "Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration and Technology" 2012
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