Webinar: Technology and design choices for active learning

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Date/Time:Monday, 23 Jun 2014 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:192 Parks Library
Contact:Greg Davis
Channel:University Library
Categories:Conferences Training, development
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This Learning Spaces Collaboratory webinar, "What Works: Important Questions for Technologies and Pedagogies in 21st Century Learning Commons," is hosted locally by the University Library. No registration is required. Pre-conference information is available at 2:15 p.m.

Facilitators: Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information, and Anu Vedantham, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

The designers of our active learning spaces are often not the people who teach or learn in them. Well-intended technology and design choices pay off in some cases and sit dusty in others. An intentional approach to design is needed that takes into account both specialized uses of the space and generic uses, especially for informal learning spaces.

After an analysis of some learning spaces planning issues, we will look at a series of concrete examples at the University of Pennsylvania of gadgets, software-based and furniture-based technologies. For each, we will ask - why did we choose to implement them? How did we use them? Did they work as expected? How did our usage choices inform the next moment of decision-making? In the spirit of appreciative inquiry and building on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) literature, we will abstract out some ideas for extrapolation.

Presentation 2:30-3:30 p.m., followed by Q&A 3:30-4 p.m.