unreal progress

I’ve been chipping away at learning to build stuff in Blender and then modelling them in Unreal Engine. Slow but steady progress toward something I might be able to use to explore ideas in learning space design.

September 21, 2023 · 1 min

mocking up textures

September 20, 2023 · 0 min

A Graduate Architecture Critical Practice Studio on Learning Spaces

Back in March, an article was published in our UCalgary News describing a collaboration between one of our librarians and an instructor in SAPL (UCalgary’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape). The project involved students designing possible future library spaces, and they came up with some really interesting ideas. I immediately thought “hey - that’d be cool to try with a focus on learning spaces!” I reached out to folks in SAPL to see if they were interested, and got connected with Matthew Parker....

September 15, 2023 · 7 min

Presenting to the Association of University Architects

I’d intended to quickly write this post to reflect on the session, but it’s stayed in my drafts pile for a couple of weeks now so I’m going to share what I can remember. I’ll likely be misremembering some of the details of the session, but this should hit the highlights at least. Recently, I had the absolute pleasure to be invited to co-present at the 67th Annual Association of University Architects Conference, conveniently hosted this year in Calgary, and even more conveniently having one day’s sessions housed within the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning....

July 4, 2023 · 13 min

ChatGPT Designs a University Learning Space Design Evaluation Plan

I asked ChatGPT to describe the state of learning space research, and how to evaluate the design and use of learning spaces in a university context. I’ll provide my prompts and ChatGPT’s responses verbatim: Robot classroom observation, by Stable Diffusion Prompt: Describe the current state of research into the design and use of learning spaces in universities. Provide examples and references. Response There is a growing body of research on the design and use of learning spaces in universities....

January 2, 2023 · 8 min

design charrette

April 14, 2022 · 0 min

Five Approaches to Guide the Planning, Design, and Use of Active Learning Classroom Spaces

Natasha Kenny and Gavan Watson just published a couple of great posts on active learning classroom spaces: Gavan Watson: Guiding the planning, design and use of active learning classrooms (part 1) Natasha Kenny: Five approaches to guide the planning, design, and use of active learning classroom spaces (part 2) The 5 approaches: Collaboration Community Flexibility Transparency Access Both posts are chock full of linky goodness. And, I’m glad they’re both blogging....

November 8, 2021 · 1 min

articles in the Journal of Learning Spaces 7(1)

4 interesting articles in the most recent issue, in no particular order: McDavid, L., Carleton Parker, L., Burgess, W., Robertshaw, B., & Doan, T. (2018). The Combined Effect of Learning Space and Faculty Self-Efficacy to use Student-Centered Practices on Teaching Experiences and Student Engagement. Journal of Learning Spaces, 7(1). Retrieved from http://libjournal.uncg.edu/jls/article/view/1597 Instructors who teach well in one kind of learning space don’t magically translate that ability into teaching well in another kind of learning space....

November 19, 2018 · 2 min

Resources for learning space evaluation

I was asked to pull together some links to resources that can be used to get started in evaluating learning spaces - how are they used? how effective are they? what kinds of interactions are enabled by the spaces? etc. There are some great resources - best to share the list here rather than just in an email… EDUCAUSE has some really fantastic resources on evaluating learning spaces. They have a book full of concepts and case studies:...

November 16, 2018 · 1 min

Ideas on the documentation and interpretation of interactions in a classroom environment

Some rough notes of some ideas I hope to work on, potentially as part of my PhD program. My Masters degree thesis was based on the use of social network and discourse analysis in an online course to attempt to understand the differences in student activity and interactions in two different online platforms and course designs. Tools like Gephi and NodeXL are available to anyone teaching online, to feed the data (system-generated activity logs, raw discussion text, twitter hashtags, search queries etc....

July 16, 2016 · 4 min