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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
My experience with shared spaces and how campus shared spaces may transform a learning community (45 mins)

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Shared workspaces have become more popular in corporate America, as the globalization of the economy necessitates more teamwork and collaboration between a growing number of knowledge workers. Shared spaces are said to facilitate individuals’ capability of communication, collaboration, brainstorming, and an overall culture of transparency within an organization. These values of communication and collaboration are essential to achieving the missions of Universities as well. The Wietz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is a shared space designed to house both community partners and University organizations with the intention of facilitating more interaction between the University and the surrounding community. Both University and Community partners operate in an open floor plan. In my experience at the Community Engagement Center, I have been both a tenant of and evaluator of the space. I have found that the benefits of the space are numerous, including increased ability to network, the exchange of knowledge and skills, and a sense of belonging and community among tenants. Many of these benefits would also benefit academic researchers, and shared spaces may be one way to combat the siloing behavior between academic departments. Interdisciplinary collaboration would greatly benefit Universities by helping to disseminate important research and best practices among departments and encouraging more innovation as knowledge is integrated from different departments. Are Universities open to changing the way they operate and re-organizing their physical spaces in order to reap these benefits? What challenges will they face if they prepare to do so?

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Kelly Prange

Doctoral Candidate, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
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