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July 5, 2005 :: Creating Innovative Learning and Research Spaces Topic of Workshop

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With the recent passage of the $475 million capital bond issue for higher education, Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have an opportunity to design and implement innovative learning and research environments for the student of tomorrow.

To help institutions with their planning, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are sponsoring the Learning Spaces Workshop July 8 in Edmond. The day-long workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Nigh University Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

“Our legislators sent a strong message during the last session that they are very supportive of higher education,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “Our colleges are committed to designing and implementing innovative learning and research spaces that will offer the most powerful and advanced academic experiences, using creative spaces and integrated technology. This workshop will provide our campus leaders with valuable insight as they make preparations for those construction projects funded through the capital bond issue.”

All workshop participants will hear from leading learning, technology and facility-planning experts such as Dr. John Seely Brown, a visiting scholar from the University of Southern California and co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning; Dr. Craig Swenson, provost for the University of Phoenix; Mark S. Valenti, president and chief executive officer for the Sextant Group, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Daniel K. Paulien, president of Paulien & Associates, Inc., Denver, Colo.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend several afternoon concurrent sessions, including interactive sessions where they will share ideas and learning concepts and discuss key elements for planning team success.

Risser and State Regent John Massey will provide opening remarks.