The Krause Innovation Studio learning space, located at 201 Chambers Building on the University Park campus of Penn State University, will open in the next two months. The actual date is TBA. Supported by a generous gift from Gay and Bill Krause, the Krause Innovation Studio is a research focused initiative and the learning space will provide faculty with opportunities for researching innovative pedagogy. The learning space will feature collaborative spaces, private meeting rooms, and a state of the art Learn Lab for teaching and learning purposes.
Within the Learn Lab, teachers and students will find media:scape furniture from Steelcase which is intended to allow any person in the room to display information from their computer to all or some subset of the projectors in the room. Teachers will be able to take advantage of the many affordances of the Learn Lab to research innovative pedagogy. In this flickr slideshow, you will find images from the construction of the Krause Innovation Studio learning space.
I mention above that the space provides opportunities for researching innovative pedagogy. How? What about this space is innovative? What about this space is different than traditional learning spaces? I could spend the next few paragraphs explaining exactly how the space was designed (from my perspective) and what sets it apart from other learning spaces.
This is exactly what I am planning to do in the next few months. I will begin a study in which I will investigate the Krause Innovation Studio learning space's built pedagogy (Monahan, 2002). Monahan explains built pedagogy as the "architectural embodiment of educational philosophies". In this investigation, I will interview the stakeholders and ask them the following set of questions:
Do you have additional questions for the stakeholders? Are you interested in anything else regarding the built pedagogy? If yes, let me know what your questions are and I will add them to my investigation.
This post is cross-listed on the Krause Innovation Studio blog (http://innovation.ed.psu.edu/2012/02/investigating-the-krause-innovation-studios-built-pedagogy.html).