Designing Learning Spaces for Agriculture, Life Sciences and Human Ecology Students
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Wright, Sara; Andrews, Camille; Ochs, Mary
As part of their learning experience, students often are asked to work together in new ways ranging from group presentations to poster sessions to video production. During a major library renovation in 2007, our library responded to students’ needs with the unveiling of a new collaborative center. Five years later, it was time for an upgrade. In the spring of 2012, our library's learning technologies team began the next phase of space redesign by applying a variety of qualitative and quantitative strategies to find out what users now needed to work together most effectively. We investigated recent trends in library space design and examined how our library compared with those trends. Through surveys and interviews, and participatory design exercises such as an ideal space design exercise and photo diaries, our team gathered feedback on the practices and needs of students working collaboratively. We then used this data to help redesign our collaborative study spaces. The results of this work are visible in our expanded collaborative center installed in 2015. We'll outline our research process, share the results of our review of recent library space design trends and our research into what our students most desire in a collaborative space, and show the changes the library has made in response to student feedback. We were also curious to know whether we were offering the technology students needed. Were cloud-based tools like Google Docs and Dropbox enough? To help answer this question, we performed usability testing on a variety of emerging technologies including Team Spot collaborative software, Media:scape, and Click-share. Attendees will be able to identify recent collaborative work space trends and the needs of some users at a large research-intensive university and walk away with research techniques and learning space designs to consider using at their own institutions.
USAIN 2016 Conference Presentation, Session: Contributed Papers Session 1: Teaching & Learning – Moderator: Amy Shannon
USAIN; Conference; Libraries; Facilities