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Ideas for "College Learning Center of the Future"

The College of Science is putting high priority on building an ultra-modern "Learning center". The college discussion has been thinking about new means of teaching laboratories, say with interactive teamwork, multimedia, flexible room configurations etc.  Some ideas are in the links below.

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/JISClearningspaces.pdf

http://www.wbdg.org/design/academic_lab.php

  The location is not yet determined but one suggestion is in the grassy area across from the Acadian Hall at the intersection of Highland and South Stadium Drive, which is a bit of a hike from Lockett.  Nothing has been decided but is envisioned to have amenities such as a central atrium, walls with windows, rooms with clusters of pods (round tables with 8 seats), with wireless computers and lots of large screens throughout.  Some of these rooms would be for actual or virtual biology and chemistry labs.  At present Biology and Chemistry and thinking about the teaching/learning environment of majors, while Physics is thinking about the center for its service courses.  Math and Geology just joined the discussion and we're looking for ideas, including far out ones.

If you have seen a really neat classroom building somewhere else, please share what you liked about it.  Or just share an idea of your own.

Please share your ideas on

a.  What teaching environment would  benefit our grad students?  Our majors?

b.  Should we propose consolidating our Pleasant Hall math labs into a giant one-floor lab in the new building?  What should it look like?

c.  Do we need specialized classrooms for special courses, such as Math 1431 (business calculus), Math 1201 and 1202 (courses for math ed students). 

d.  What special classroom needs are there for students in the various concentrations (math of computation, actuarial science, math stat, etc?

e.  Other  ideas (I'd like an espresso cafe on the ground floor).

With regards to item 2., most

With regards to item 2., most of the front wall of the room where I
presented a colloquium talk in TX (above around 3 or 4 feet from the
floor) was a giant writeable white board. That was neat because it
reduced the need to frequently erase the board to make room for new
formulas so I was able to leave things on the board that were useful for
later parts of the talk.
--Michael Malisoff