A Design Case Examining Learning in the d-lab

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Katharine E. Leigh Kenneth Tremblay Nancy Miller Amy Huber Laura Malinin Derrell Jackson

Abstract

The design process described in this case emphasizes decisions made to guide and direct the creation of a unique classroom addressing the needs of millennial learners. The project, a research/learning partnership with Herman Miller, gained insights from participants in a design charrette, an advisory group focused on creativity, and the practice, teaching, and research experiences of the project leadership. The challenge was to create a learning space that encouraged behaviors and activities to enhance creativity for today’s millennial learners. Decisions made during the design process were shaped by the perspectives of faculty and student users, whose comments were documented in exit interviews and annual teaching evaluation questionnaires. Despite a minimal budget, the project demonstrates how careful planning through ideation, strategic partnerships, and implementation took the design from wishful thinking to full execution and implementation. The resulting classroom is the case’s outcome and the design processes’ response to the needs of academic spaces that invite millennial learning.

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Leigh, K., Tremblay, K., Miller, N., Huber, A., Malinin, L., & Jackson, D. (2013). A Design Case Examining Learning in the d-lab. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 4(2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v4i2.3666
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Author Biographies

Katharine E. Leigh, Colorado State University

Katharine E. Leigh, PhD is a professor of interior design at Colorado State University, the facilitator of the Creativity Research Group, and the project lead for the d-lab project.

Kenneth Tremblay, Colorado State University

Kenneth Tremblay, Jr, PhD is a professor of interior design at Colorado State University and a researcher participating in the Creativity Research Group.

Nancy Miller, Colorado State University

Nancy Miller, PhD is the department head of Design & Merchandising at Colorado State University.

Amy Huber, Ilinois State University but moving to Florida State University

Amy Huber, MS is an assistant professor at Illinois State University in Interior Design and a researcher participating in the Creativity Research Group.

Laura Malinin, Universty of Colorado but transitioning to Colorado State University

Laura Malinin, PhD is a senior lecturer and architect at the University of Colorado and a researcher participating in the Creativity Research Group.

Derrell Jackson, Strategic Education Consultant, Herman Miller

Derrell Jackson is a Strategic Education Consultant with Herman Miller providing research coordination for the project’s data collection activities.