Improving UBC’s Learning Spaces Design Guidelines

All of us recognize the importance of the spaces we teach in. A good classroom doesn’t guarantee success but a lousy classroom makes learning, and teaching, difficult.

As UBC continues to grow, so grows the need for thoughtful, evidence-based, pedagogically-sound guidelines for designing (and renovating) learning spaces. The UBC Learning Space Design Guidelines were last updated in 2014 – I understand many of you receiving this email were part of that discussion.

It’s time to look at these guidelines again. On Monday, May 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Jodi Scott (Senior Planner, UBC Learning Spaces Team), Steve Yeomans (Consulting Principle, RPG – Resource Planning Group Inc.), and I will be leading a workshop to examine the draft 2017 Guidelines. The goals of this discussion are to make the guidelines useful by eliminating items covered elsewhere, adding better examples and plans, and updating the terminology and definitions (for example, what do we mean “classroom” anyway?)

We would very much like to get your input, expertise, and feedback.

Representatives from the Office of the Provost, Classroom Services, Enrolment Services, and Campus Planning will be there to hear what you have to say and to share what they need and what they can contribute to effective learning spaces.

Organizer(s): Jodi Scott – UBC Learning Spaces Team; Peter Newbury – Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Date and Time:

May 1, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: FIPKE 138