Colorado State University Interior Design D-Lab — A Collaborative Learning Experience

Colorado State University Interior Design D-Lab — A Collaborative Learning Experience


>>This is the D-Lab, a collaborative
learning experience for millennial students at
Colorado State University. [ Music ] It’s called the D-Lab because
it is the Design Lab for interior design majors at this university. [ Music ] We entered into a partnership with Herman
Miller to explore and also collect data as a research laboratory on different
styles of learning, modalities for learning. [ Music ] We’re sharing what the lab looks like in the
different learning spaces so that we can share with you the kinds of things that we do here. And the kinds of opportunities it
offers for students in their learning. I think the next thing we’ll do is take
you through the different modalities and the environments, looking at the way
that we use it, at the features in the space, and talking with some students about
their experiences in the D-Lab. [ Music ] We’re in the cafe or called the Coffee Spot. This was a found space that
used to be an old gallery. When students are working in order to enhance
creativity and innovation in their outcome of their products, it’s really
necessary to get into a state of flow. To do that, students need to be able to
relax, get a relief from the intense task at hand and not leave the classroom. The objective here is to give
them a space for stress relief, relief of tension, also a place to socialize. So the socializing factor in a collaborative
learning situation is very important, especially to millennial students. [ Music ] We’ve moved into the collaborative lounge. As you can see, the furnishings here are softer. We have lounge-type furniture mixed
with classroom-type furniture. Students very often sit here, pull a table
over, pull some chairs over to study, or to work in teams or groups
but in a very informal way. In the millennial learning style,
they really like to collaborate, but not necessarily be forced
to sit at a particular space. We’ve displayed work from senior exhibits
that were done at NeoCon in Chicago. We try to personalize with some of the effects. I change them out often during the semester so
that students feel they could actually sit here and read a book, or they could sit
here and work with their friends. The need for the collaborative lounge was
definitely one of the strongest points expressed by the students in a pre-project survey. We found that this is a very
popular space among our students, but also among other majors
that use the building. We’ve shown movies in this particular space
because students can relax and be comfortable. They also sometimes prefer to work here versus in the classic studio
area that we’ll visit next. [ Music ] This is the design studio for the D-Lab. It actually operates as a design lab. This is, in actuality, the heart of the
project of the learning spaces research studio. The way we used to teach was
significantly changed in this room. Even from a personal perspective, I can say that using technology was
always a really huge challenge. There were so many opportunities
that surfaced that were surprising. The biggest one being the enjoyment
of teaching with the technology. I think that it’s changed. I know my colleague that I team taught
with last year, we talked about it. It has changed the way that we teach. It’s important to have this
type of flexible environment so that students can make their
choices of how they want to learn. Some of the issues that we found in the
focus group with seniors last year was that they actually liked for
faculty to sit down with them. Whether they were viewing something on the
LEDs or whether they were discussing a project. It was quite different than having the
faculty teacher-centric focus from standing at a podium, let’s say, and lecturing.>>I guess compared to the traditional
setting, you don’t really get to spread out. And our particular major helps — or makes this
need to spread out and kind of organize ideas. And so it’s the perfect place to do that.>>Students probably spend most
of their time in this area. But then again, in the different modalities,
they can go to the collaborative lounge, or they can escape to the cafe for a little
bit to really clear their mind to have a focus on their project and also to do
a lot of innovative thinking.>>I very much enjoy the fact
that it’s a lot more open. Because the other classrooms tend to have you — you’re sitting right next to each
other, elbow to elbow with everybody. You don’t have any room to move around or work. And this place kind of make it’s
easier for you to spread out. [ Music ]>>We’re sitting in the research area,
which is attached to the teamwork areas. The team area is meant to be worked
either individually, which at night, we’ll find students here claiming one of the
six spots or sitting at one of the tables. The visual screens that you see here really
are here to give a team a feeling of privacy. Roughly, we do teams of three to four
people and they fit in this enclave here. Sitting there sometimes working, they might
be looking at a model that they’re making, or they might be discussing how they’re
going to approach a team project for service learning, for example. [ Music ] When we first moved in here,
the comments that we heard from students were “I want to live here.” “I’d like to move in here permanently.” “I wish we’d had this for my last three years.” Students still feel the same this year. This is our second crop of students, if you
will, that are coming through the studio.>>I like how engaging all of the students
are when it’s in a collaborative setting. Because we all have a lot of good ideas,
but when we get together they become better. [ Music ]

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