August 4th, 2015

SLAM, Duke University and University of Cincinnati Present "How Curriculum and Space Can Learn From Each Other" at SCUP's 50th Annual Conference

Mary Jo Olenick and Amy Christmas of The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), along with Colleen Grochowski, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Assistant Professor of Medicine Education at Duke University; and Jeffrey Kastner, Professor at the University of Cincinnati, presented an educational session titled “How Curriculum and Space Can Learn from Each Other” at the 50th annual Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) conference in Chicago. The 1.5 hour presentation included two videos featuring the Duke’s School of Medicine, Trent Semans Center for Health Education and the University of Cincinnati’s Learning Center to stimulate discussion, and an interactive and engaging group activity. To view the videos presented, please visit

Technology and science have driven innovations in teaching and learning, including flipped classroom, team-based and simulated environments. The session included an interprofessional panel of educators and designers who demonstrated today's most compelling pedagogies, including case-based and team-based learning. Attendees explored how creative curriculum can drive pioneering learning environments, setting up a cycle of innovation and invention that can keep campuses relevant in today’s world of massive open online courses (MOOC’s) and e-learning.

Important learning outcomes of the educational session included:

  • explaining the relationship between teaching methodology and learning environments
  • recognizing how learning spaces foster teaching innovations and improved learning outcomes
  • discussing outcomes and lessons learned from case studies of focused learning centers
  • learning about sustainable design and capturing important metrics to make for better designers
  • knowing how to best assess, test and integrate new technologies into a firm
  • learning about budget driven technology and the need to push technology to lead to better projects
  • understanding the importance of electronic media, visual expression, and documentation while balancing the firm’s mission and goals
  • building a post-occupancy evaluation tool that can measure the relationship of student outcomes to space For more

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