Integrated Planning Process and Tools for a Flexible Learning Space Initiative Webcast Recording



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Learn how to overcome flexible learning space challenges of cost, space limitations, and project sustainability with an integrated planning process. During this training, you will hear the latest research and see how integrating freely available tools can support your flexible space design decisions by examining:

  • Key components of an active learning space initiative
  • Data collection, tools, and resources to support your process
  • Ways to address funding, capacity, and cost barriers for sustainable projects

Flexible Space Initiative Toolkit

Complimentary with your registration are a number of resources to help you get your flexible space initiative off the ground, including:

  • Examples of flexible space designs
  • Access to online tools to support your research and planning
  • Samples of user surveys and data collection templates

Who Should Participate

Those most involved with their campus teaching and learning departments will benefit from this program. Additionally, other administrators in facilities, IT offices, and academic affairs will benefit.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to take a more informed approach to an integrated planning process for flexible space design.


  • Foundations for an active learning space initiative
    • Aligning your learning space with academic mission
    • Planning and collaboration
    • User surveys and data collection
  • Data informed design to address funding and capacity challenges
    • Designing for flexibility across academic departments
    • Balancing classroom capacity with researched needs of students and faculty
    • Creative strategies to address common cost challenges
  • Integrating tools into the planning process to collect external and internal data
    • Leveraging student success data into an ongoing case for flexible learning spaces
    • Considering comprehensive impact assessments for flexible learning spaces
    • Establishing a rating system to identify and prioritize needs
  • 3 Keys to sustaining your campus space planning initiatives


Dana Gierdowski, Visiting Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, Elon University

In her current position, Dana manages projects for the Writing Center and the Writing Across the University program. Prior to this position, she served as a visiting assistant professor of composition and rhetoric at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In her scholarly work, she explores how innovative, technology-rich learning spaces impact student writers and instructors. Her research interests stem from her twelve-plus years of experience as an instructor of writing in higher education. She earned her PhD in communication, rhetoric, and digital media from North Carolina State University, where she gained research and administrative experience in Writing-Across-the-Curriculum and First-Year Writing programming.

She has authored the book chapter “Studying Learning Spaces: A Review of Selected Empirical Studies” in the edited collection Cases on Higher Education Spaces (IGI Global, 2012) and is co-author with Susan Miller-Cochran of the article “Making Peace with the Rising Costs of Writing Technologies: Flexible Classroom Design as a Sustainable Solution” in the March 2013 issue of Computers and Composition.

Dr. Rebecca Frazee, Lecturer, Learning Design and Technology Program, San Diego State University

In addition to her current role at San Diego State University, Rebecca is also a consultant and coach in learning and performance improvement technologies. She has conducted research and published articles on e-coaching, blended learning, technology adoption, and engaging online learners.

SHe has extensive experience providing instruction and coaching to learning professionals worldwide, both face-to-face and completely online. Rebecca is also a part of the FLEXspace Core Team, helping to push the adoption and continuous improvement of the FLEXspace tool and community.


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