I am posting this announcement of a new learning space rating system for classrooms, an important development for those of you interested in learning space design.
–Joan Lippincott, CNI
I am writing to announce a new learning space initiative: the Learning Space Rating System (LSRS).
The web site for the LSRS initiative is at:
and detailed information about the project is available from those LSRS web pages.
In a nutshell: the LSRS provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms support and enable active learning activities. The LSRS criteria form the basis for a rating system that will allow institutions to benchmark their environments against best practices within the higher education community. This initial beta version is for formal classrooms, ones designed to accommodate course sessions with all participants; later versions will target informal and other types of learning spaces.
We are announcing the availability of the beta version of the criteria and a scoresheet. These can be downloaded from links available at the URL above. We are eager to hear from the community about the LSRS criteria and are soliciting community input and feedback. The form for providing this is at
We urge you to read over the criteria, try out the scoresheet on classrooms at your institution, and then provide feedback via the form. We will use this feedback to produce version 1 of the criteria in 2014. All LSRS materials are covered by CC BY 3.0.
There will be sessions at the EDUCAUSE 2013 conference on the LSRS project, and we very much invite your participation in those sessions.
Session 1 (on line program only)
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions.
LSRS team members:
Malcolm Brown, ELI <mbrown>
Joseph Cevetello, University of Southern California
Shirley Dugdale, Dugdale Strategy, LLC
Elliot Felix, Brightspot Strategy, LLC
Richard Holeton, Stanford University
Carole Meyers, Dartmouth College
Earlier members of the project team:
Robert Beichner, North Carolina State University
Linda Jorn, University of Wisconsin
Phil Long, University of Queensland
Andrew Milne, Tidebreak
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