Space Matters: Designing STEM Learning Environments that Foster Inclusion and Student Success



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Explore how your STEM facility project can improve student learning, retention, and success.


Contemporary pedagogies, curricula, and cultures that promote inclusion and student success in STEM require consideration of the physical environments that support them. In this session, you and your peers will examine the elements of 21st century STEM learning environments and the strategies employed to bring key stakeholders and resources together to successfully execute a STEM facilities project. Both new construction and renovation projects will be considered. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, where physical distancing protocols added new constraints to the utilization of STEM learning spaces, will be shared.


Who Should Attend

STEM academic administrators and teams working to implement renovation or new construction projects for STEM learning environments will benefit from this training.

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June 11, 2021

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern


Through a series of creative activities and discussions, you will explore how your STEM facility project can improve student learning, retention, and success.


WHY: An Urgent Call for Change

Our expert speaker will make the case for new approaches to STEM learning environments in order to best support student learning.



WHAT: New Environments for New Pedagogies

You will be able to identify changes in the student learning experience that you would like to see on your campus.



WHO and HOW: Identifying Stakeholders and Creating a Shared Vision

We will identify the key academic stakeholders to include in facility planning to advance your initiative.



WOW: Case Studies of New Learning Spaces

You will virtually tour the following three different learning spaces to gain inspiration and strategies for your own projects:

  • Biology lab renovation
  • General assignment building with labs
  • Dedicated undergraduate lab science building with Discovery Suite


Jill Sible

Jill Sible

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Virginia Tech

In dual roles as a faculty member and administrator, Jill introduced her campus to the SCALE-UP concept and spearheaded the design and construction of SCALE-UP classrooms and adoption of the associated pedagogy at Virginia Tech. She has led over $10M in sponsored research projects including $8M in STEM education grants. Jill is currently the lead investigator for Jill is currently the lead investigator for a $1M Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Grant and is a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences.

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