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S/L/A/M Associate Published


Amy Christmas

Glastonbury, CT – Amy M. Christmas, academic programmer/planner for The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.,  was recently published in The Learning Spaces Collaboratory’s “A Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners.” The Learning Collaboratory  (LSC) is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Christmas was among a group of professionals hand-picked by Jeanne L. Narum, principal of LSC, to contribute profiles and essays about building projects that illustrate the relationship between the quality of learning and the quality of spaces for learning in the undergraduate setting. Christmas contributed an analysis of the planning process used for the SLAM-designed Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and the resulting innovative solutions.

One outcome was the team-based lecture hall a design concept developed by SLAM for large enrollment classes. “The first floor of the building features twin, 250-seat tiered lecture halls,” Christmas explained. “Five seating levels are designed so students can engage in multiple types of learning: lecture, teams and small groups.”