Hege Library & Learning Technologies

Learning Space Design

Educause on Learning Spaces

A significant contribution to developing interest in learning space design was Diana Oblinger's Learning Spaces, published as an ebook by Educause in 2006. 

Cover of Learning Spaces book










The Educause Library also is an ongoing source for a wealth of resources on the topic of Learning Space.

Progressing with limited resources

The transformation of learning spaces can be accomplished incrementally and even in the face of resource limitations.  A fine case is presented by New Mexico State University in the guide, Assessing and Improving Students Spaces on a Shoestring Budget.

The Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC)

The Learning Spaces Collaboratory describes its work as "collaborating in translating findings from contemporary research and practice in the field into roadmaps for shaping and assessing built environments for learning in the undergraduate setting." LSC recently published a long-awaited and comprehensive learning spaces planning guide, Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century LearnersA wealth of additional resources, a selection of which appears below, is openly available through its website.

Trends in Learning Space Design

Innovation in learning space design is being modeled on campuses across the country, and a few initiatives have achieved particular distinction.

The "Blended Librarian"

Steven J. Bell and John Shank introduced the concept of the blended librarian in 2004, defining it as, "an academic librarian who combines the traditional skill set of librarianship with the information technologist’s hardware/software skills, and the instructional or educational designer’s ability to apply technology appropriately in the teaching-learning process."  The role of the academic librarian in leading and furthering change, notably including the design of learning space campus-wide, continues to evolve.