Chip Hill – Assistant Provost for Administrative Operations, Georgia State University
Molly Schaller, Ph. D. – Project Researcher, Saint Louis University
Tina Banach- Information Analyst at SmithGroup, Washington DC
Doug Dahlkemper – Architect and Principal at SmithGroup, Washington DC
The SmithGroup along with three universities and a team of researchers spent three years collecting data on space use of three new law school buildings across the country: American University in DC, Georgia State University in Atlanta, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The study was initiated in 2014, gathering and evaluating a wide range of data for one year in the existing facility then two years in the new facility for each of the three law schools. This presentation highlights how the use of pre and post assessment data can be used to understand the relationship between space, student engagement and positive learning outcomes. Student engagement is one primary measurement as a valid indicator of educational effectiveness.
Qualitative analyses were conducted on the results from interviews and focus groups within each university along with quantitative data. The team will present the results from the study to illuminate similarities and differences in perspectives of faculty, staff and students. Lastly the analysis of the observational data uncovered insight into use patterns across the three different buildings for both the formal and informal learning environments for an understanding of the way space affects engagement within 21st century law education.