Planning for Higher Education Journal
Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19
Changes Are Demanding That Campuses Include All Learners
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
Demographics on campuses have changed, expectations for accessibility have increased, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. Thirty years after the ADA was signed into law, much has been achieved; however, there is more to be accomplished at colleges and universities if we are to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. A renewed approach to campus planning and design, informed by the principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning, and with a commitment to delivering hybridized online and in-person models of educational delivery, is needed now.
How to Transform Your Learning Environments for COVID-19
Space Planning for Healthy Classrooms
Published 2020Recorded June 18.
While it’s daunting to have to reconfigure classrooms and reexamine pedagogy and campus operations, in the best light this pandemic offers an opportunity for rapid experimentation and innovation. Panelists from leading planning and design firm Sasaki and Smith College discussed how institutions can dig into their existing classroom data to engage in scenario modeling and clearly understand how classroom capacities and scheduling will shift this fall.
Coffee Chat: COVID-19 Physical Distancing in Classrooms
Published 2020Recorded June 10.
We are all trying to figure out how to safely bring students back to classrooms for the fall semester. A discussion about 6-foot physical distancing layout modifications in existing classrooms, reduced occupancy yields when dealing with fixed seating versus movable seating, creating instructor zones, creating alternate instruction spaces.
Coffee Chat: The Physical-Virtual Nature of Learning Design
Published 2020Recorded May 27.
The COVID-19 disruption will accelerate the connection of the physical campus to the virtual learning experience. Planners who think of their campuses as large, interactive gameboards designed to connect students and faculty with virtually integrated architecture will have an advantage. Gaming gives us planning clues to build now for our learning demands. SCUPers Brady Mick and Lauren Della Bella moderated this discussion.
Coffee Chat: Maker Movement
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Published 2020Recorded May 13.
Amid the pandemic, makers on campuses across the world have pitched in by crafting 3-D printed face shields, ventilator components, and other life-saving innovations. The value of the maker movement is apparent; but how do we adjust maker spaces to a quarantined, social-distancing world? SCUP members Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham and Heather Taylor moderated this discussion.
Reinvention for a Sustainable Future
In this session, Hampshire College provides a model for how resource-limited campuses can leverage their sustainability assets to support curricular and community transformation.
Classrooms of the Future in Buildings of the Past
As the university re-evaluates undergraduate learning environments, a pilot classroom in historic Harvard Hall is the springboard for integrated planning and design processes.
Considering Students’ Neurodiversity
The Next Imperative When Designing Active Learning Environments
Active learning environments are being designed and implemented across college and university campuses to support a range of collaborative, evidence-based pedagogies. Given the continuum of human neurodiversity, these environments may optimize the learning experience for some students, while creating new challenges for others. When designing active learning spaces, it is imperative to consider student neurodiversity.
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