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 the slideshow below, 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.

Better yet, I could provide a glimpse into the design process by talking to the stakeholders invested in the design of the learning space. This group of individuals includes the Dean of the College of Education, the Director of the Krause Innovation Studio, the Architects, the Building Coordinators, and the IT Lab/Classroom Specialists among others. 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:

  • What was the rationale for decisions made during the design process?
  • How did learning theories influence decisions made during the design process?
  • How is this space different than other (learning) spaces that you’ve designed?

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 HASTAC Scholars blog and the Krause Innovation Studio Site.

Investigating the Krause Innovation Studio’s Built Pedagogy

One thought on “Investigating the Krause Innovation Studio’s Built Pedagogy

  • April 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    On Friday, I stepped foot in the Krause Innovation Studio, and immediately I was struck by the beauty of the environment. It is modern, inviting, and colorful. I was shown around by the friendly staff person and then got a view of the lab space. It was inspiring seeing the design of both the lab and overall space, as I imagined teams meeting and working on projects. I sincerely hope this is a build it and they will come scenario, where you all have put something in motion that sets off a flurry of creativity and productive work.
    I look forward to seeing what the design can do to accelerate innovation in our school.


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