August 2007, Volume 8, Number 8
Member Spotlight: Butler Community College
Butler Community College
El Dorado, KS
Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has embarked on a mission to explore the research and ideas in reference to learning spaces. Recognizing that learning takes place in multiple locations and in multiple ways, the college has established a goal to develop guidelines along with an implementation plan for engaging, state-of-the-art learning spaces.
Space, whether physical or virtual, can have a significant impact on learning. An examination of learning spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create the learning environment. Learning space research and dialogue reflect an ongoing exploration to bring together space, technology, and pedagogy to ensure learner success.
Currently there are no design guidelines that define the elements of different types of learning spaces, such as classrooms, hallways, informal meeting spaces, and public gathering spaces, at the college other than past practice of minimum square footage for classrooms. Therefore, our three-year measurable objectives are to
In planning to accomplish these objectives, the tasks for the 2007-2008 school year will be to
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