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Brown, Kevin – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2019
The Indigenous Nations Library Program's hallmark mission involves advocating and creating culturally safe places for Indigenous people at the University of New Mexico. This article highlights why there is a need for creating culturally safe learning spaces. It also discusses why indigenizing higher education through spatial autonomy is a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Cultural Relevance, College Environment
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Smith, Charlie – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2017
For a number of years, higher education has moved away from didactic teaching toward collaborative and self-directed learning. This paper discusses how the configuration and spatial geometry of learning spaces influences engagement and interaction, with a particular focus on hierarchies between people within the space. Layouts, presented as…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Space Utilization, Group Dynamics, Teacher Student Relationship
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Turner, Ralph Lamar – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2013
This article examines the tensions and risks inherent in implementing new technologies and collaborative spaces while maintaining the library's critical role as a "civic temple" and knowledge center that inspires and facilitates contemplation and deep thought. New technologies present "disruptive" challenges, having already…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Facilities, Cooperation, Library Role
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James, Robert – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2013
The transformation of the first floor of Joyner Library into the Collaborative Learning Center produced significant changes to collection and user spaces. Collaboration, in this context, refers to students engaged in teamwork with technology and support services. A Culture War emerged when some faculty, displeased with the loss of the traditional…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Learning Resources Centers, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes