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5×5: FIVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL RESHAPE YOUR CAMPUS IN FIVE YEARS by Craig Park & John Cook

This article first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of APPA’s Facility Manager magazine.

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”—Yogi Berra

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”—Satchel Paige

As two of baseball’s preeminent philosophers once noted,
change is inevitable, and sometimes a little scary. However, adapting to change
is always strategic, and never more so than when […]

HIGHER ED PROJECTS: WHO ARE OUR REAL CLIENTS? — by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant

We all know our clients and their needs, right? We’ve been listening to them for years. They spell out their vision and goals in RFQ’s with great buzz words and phrases like State-of-the-Art Classrooms, 21st Century Skills, Active Learning. And we faithfully recite those words back at the interview thinking that’s what they want to hear. But have we […]

THE CONVERGENCE OF WORKPLACE AND LEARNING SPACE — by Kelly Stumpf PMP

The Chicken or the Egg?

While “convergence” is a fun buzz word now commonplace when discussing technology, by definition, it’s when two or more things merge to form a new whole. In the past, technology deployed in the learning space varied dramatically from workplace technology. For instance, apart from some company training, do you spend your workdays in a […]

Technology and the New Pedagogy in Higher Education – by Principal Craig Park FSMPS, ASSOC.AIA

For over 100 years, didactic learning models – with faculty lecturing as the “sage on the stage” – have dominated the pedagogical approach in most colleges and universities. In the last decade, we’ve seen a marked shift toward student-centric learning models, where the faculty serves more as a “guide on the side,” helping cohort teams research, compile, and present […]

Top Trends in Active and Collaborative Learningby Senior Systems Designer Joe Hammett CTS-D

My daughter is a maker. She spends hours tinkering with sewing machines and slime recipes, building salamander habitats and the like. She hangs out with her school friends inside apps that teach math and problem solving through multi-player games. All the while, they are learning to communicate and collaborate in ways that are completely foreign to their grandparent’s generation. […]

Emerging Technologies and the Learning Space of Tomorrow

On the surface, education seems unchanged from 25 or even 50 years ago. But under the surface, deep forces are at work. Register now

Four Ways Colleges are Upgrading Classroom Acoustics

University Business Magazine features The Sextant Group’s Principal Consultant, Greg Coudriet CTS, INCE Bd. Cert, LEED AP BD+C in their October issue. In the article, “4 Ways Colleges are Upgrading Classroom Acoustics,” writer Sherrie Negrea gives recommendations to administrators on how to improve acoustics and minimize ambient noise in all types of instructional spaces. Read the article […]

New School of Dentistry Building Greets Students with Active-Learning Classrooms

The Sextant Group is honored to be working with Creighton University and RDG Planning and Design on Creighton University’s new School of Dentistry, scheduled to open to students and patients this fall.  In addition to active learning classrooms, the building features teaching labs, simulation labs, operatories, conference rooms and small group collaboration rooms equipped with audiovisual presentation, collaboration and […]

Educational Opportunities for Students of the Future and The Evolution of Student Success — by Principal Nancy Sturm

To understand the Student of the Future, we must first grasp what the world will look like in 10 or 20 years and what their needs will be. It is important to not only consider them regarding their education but in the context of their overall lives. We must rethink how campuses are preparing students for the technological world […]

Lighting Design for the Future By Steven Cooper LC, CLCP, Lighting Designer

LED lighting: just another innovation riding on the shoulders of those that came before, right? Is LED merely a new tool lighting designers can use to illuminate buildings and our environment, like those arc lamps, incandescents, halogens, and fluorescents we are all familiar with?

While it is true that the LED light source is continuing the tradition of advancing […]