User-Centered Design of Learning Spaces on a Diverse, Urban, Commuter Campus.

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User-Centered Design of Learning Spaces on a Diverse, Urban, Commuter Campus.

  1. 1. User-Centered Design of Learning Spaces on a Diverse, Urban, Commuter CampusAuraria Library<br />Meg Brown-Sica<br />Associate Director of Technology Strategy and Learning Spaces<br />Auraria Library <br />
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  3. 3. The Auraria Campus<br />Campus<br />48,183 FTE<br />99% Commuters<br />80% hold jobs<br />Average age: 27-29<br />Students from the University of Colorado Denver and Metropolitan State College graduated with the highest average (UCD #1, MSCD #2) amount of loans owed compared with other public four-year colleges in the state. <br />Community College of Denver<br />Federally designated as a “Hispanic Serving Institution.”<br />Metropolitan State College of Denver <br />Undergraduates only<br />On the way to being designated as a “Hispanic Serving Institution.”<br />University of Colorado Denver <br />Graduate and undergraduate programs<br />
  4. 4. Inspiration<br />
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  6. 6. Erika Rogers<br />Erika Rogers is a retired Professor of Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, and the former Director of the Cal Poly University Honors Program. She is currently doing research and consulting through ChezVous Technology. Her background includes a BA in French from University of Western Ontario and a BMath in Applied Math and Computer Science from University of Waterloo. She received her Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in the area of Computer Graphics, and completed her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in the area of Artificial Intelligence.<br />
  7. 7. Research Workshops Summer 2009<br />Data Collection Studio I<br />Data Collection Studio II<br />Participatory Action Research Workshop<br />Data Analysis Studio<br />
  8. 8. "Essentially Participatory Action Research (PAR) is research which involves all relevant parties in actively examining together current action (which they experience as problematic) in order to change and improve it. … Participatory action research is not just research which is hoped that will be followed by action. It is action which is researched, changed and re-researched, within the research process by participants. Nor is it simply an exotic variant of consultation. Instead, it aims to be active co-research, by and for those to be helped. Nor can it be used by one group of people to get another group of people to do what is thought best for them - whether that is to implement a central policy or an organizational or service change. Instead it tries to be a genuinely democratic or non-coercive process whereby those to be helped, determine the purposes and outcomes of their own inquiry." <br /> - Wadsworth, Y. (1998)<br />
  9. 9. Placemaking:The Project for Public Spaces<br />
  10. 10. Learning Landscapes Project<br />Bambi L. Yost<br />PROJECT SUMMARY:<br />In this study, aerial maps were used to investigate Denver neighborhoods through children’s eyes. This community-based research project taught inner city children about the power of mapping and voicing preferences and concerns. Using aerial maps, hand-drawn maps, photographs and other methods of exploration, children created their own maps of school grounds and surrounding neighborhoods, revealing quantitative and qualitative data in a creative and informative way. This research serves to empower students and to educate city officials about the benefits and deficits of inner-city living for Denver youth. Special emphasis was placed upon places of play and physical activity, as well as on places of prey and gang activity.<br />
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  14. 14. Research<br />
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  16. 16. Furniture Preference<br />% Prefer Furniture<br />(Prefer = rating of 8 or higher)<br />Half of all patrons prefer Soft Lounge Furniture, followed closely by Group Study Furniture.<br />Among those who prefer the Soft Lounge Furniture, half also indicated that they linked the Group Study Furniture equally well.<br />There is no difference in furniture preference based on technology used by patrons or class requirements (e.g. group study).<br />Follow-up questions should determine furniture preference by floor of the library (first or second) or activity (individual study, group study, café use, etc).<br />
  17. 17. Technology Used<br />88% of all survey respondents use a laptop.<br />Of those who use a laptop, over 80% also use a cell phone, Smartphone or PDA.<br />Those who use a Smartphone are more likely to also use other technology, such as scanners, audio devices, and video equipment.<br />
  18. 18. Potential Services Offered<br />Almost three-fourths of all survey respondents would like to have more laptop plug-ins available.<br />Those who would like a Writing Center were significantly more likely to also want Tutoring services.<br />Follow-up questions should determine preference for services based on age, student type, frequency of use, etc.<br />
  19. 19. Class Requirements<br />Of those who engage in group work/study, 87% also give presentations in their classes.<br />For students in classes that require presentations, they were not more likely to want a presentation practice area in the library than other students.<br />
  20. 20. Favorite Study Location<br />Favorite Location for Studying<br /><ul><li>The Auraria Library is the preferred location for study and research among respondents.
  21. 21. One-fourth of respondents specifically mentioned the 1st floor of the library.</li></ul>Why Favorite<br /><ul><li>Reasons for choosing a favorite study/research location include:
  22. 22. Less noise
  23. 23. Availability of computers
  24. 24. Good Lighting </li></li></ul><li>Technology Needs for Group Study<br />Open-ended Question<br />count of responses<br />Respondents are most interested in having a projector available for group study sessions.<br />
  25. 25. Desirable for Group Study<br />Average Rating<br />1=least desirable, 12=most desirable<br />Respondents gave the highest rankings for Laptop Plug-ins and Closed Rooms. <br />
  26. 26. “Re-Imagining the Auraria Library”<br />
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  28. 28. Kickoff Meeting<br />At the Library<br />Invited the Original Library Planner<br />Invited Campus and College Planners<br />Toured the Library<br />Presented Data<br />
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  30. 30. Auraria Library Program Essentials and Design Priorities<br />
  31. 31. Auraria Library Program Basics<br />Learning Materials Collection<br />Access and Discover Library Resources<br />Learning Spaces and Computer Resources<br />Services for People with Disabilities<br />
  32. 32. Auraria Library Facility Design Priorities<br />Library as Service<br />Library as Resource<br />Library as Place<br />
  33. 33. Architecture Student Work<br />
  34. 34. Precedent Studies<br />
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  39. 39. Programming<br />
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  41. 41. Student Proposals<br />

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