Anngelia Allen, Christina Foster, Pandora Paúl Sordon, Barbara Rutledge

Background: Introduction to AH—1109

Currently there is a dire need for faculty support to improve teaching and student learning. Rooms that would facilitate instructor knowledge and allow for use of multi-media equipment are vital for the success of instruction and increasing student enrollment. In light of this need, AH-1109, currently an underused and under valued resource, is an opportune location be upgraded to a premier learning space for the promotion of educational excellence!

The current challenge is to redesign the usage and support for room AH-1109. According to the staff, the Faculty Room is currently “a self-serve facility for the exclusive use of faculty and staff in the preparation of materials for use in classroom instruction, professional presentations, and non-funded research and publication. A consultant is always available to assist faculty, but this is primarily a self-service facility.”

The room shows signs that in the past is was a repair facility. It is time to reinvent the room as a learning space. The staff continues to think of the room as an office space and repair facility. The room lacks the feel of a designed room. It is uninviting, so naturally faculty only use the room to complete discreet tasks. The room needs to be redesigned and then marketed as a learning environment.

Our vision is to create a more user friendly and collaborative space for faculty to learn how to incorporate technology into their teaching. We also feel that the hardware, software and physical layout needs to be designed to accommodate those with physical challenges including wheel chair access and support for those with visual or audio challenges. For the space to be used to its full capacity, it should have differing areas for different types of learning as well as additional technical support for just in time instruction.

The users of this room are primarily faculty, staff or students involved with instructor related tasks. We believe using learner focused, knowledge centered and empathetic viewpoints in the format of AH—1109 is conducive to creating the best learning space available for this location that is closely aligned with goals for the space.

Background | Needs Assessment | Design Concept | Floor Plan | Design Rationale | Conclusion | Our PowerPoint Presentation | Appendix A | Relevant Data and Readings