Creating a Flexible Multipurpose Space in Higher Education
Tuesday, March 19 3:20-3:40 PM Location: Sunset 6
Abstract: Numerous higher education institutions in the U.S. have renovated or will do their instructional spaces, and they face a challenge of creating a flexible space that can accommodate various instructional activities. A multipurpose space in a regional university is being renovated, in which a wide spectrum of activities take place including not only presentation, small group discussion, and entire group discussion, but also poster sessions, panel discussion, and physical activities such as Yoga and Taiichi. Therefore, making the space truly flexible for various purposes is the primary goal of the renovation. Based on the Pedagogy-Space-Technology framework, a systematic development research process with a mixed methods design has been administered including a needs assessment and expert consultations. This presentation will share the process and design decisions as to floor plans and furniture and technology selection. Specific products considered will be shared with the design rationale. The findings of the study will inform and guide the design and development process of similar initiatives.