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Category Archives: Higher Education

No Time to Say Goodbye: How the Covid-19 Pandemic is Affecting the College Student Experience

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By Tom Sens and David Prevette The Covid-19 pandemic necessitated a sudden transition in higher education from in-classroom education to online learning, and students had to vacate campuses and adapt quickly to remote instruction. To determine the effect of this altered environment, virtual focus group discussions and online surveys were conducted to learn how these […]

Understanding the Student Experience: Part Four

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Staying true to its promise to Design for People, BHDP initiated four virtual focus groups with higher education students to understand how remote learning has impacted their college experience. In this blog, Paul Orban reflects on the student responses from the fourth and final focus group.

Understanding the Student Experience: Part Two

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Staying true to its promise to Design for People, BHDP initiated four virtual focus groups with higher education students to understand how remote learning has impacted their college experience. The second virtual focus was just as insightful as the first and resulted in a few key takeaways that David shares in his blog.

Understanding the Student Experience: Part One

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Staying true to its promise to Design for People, BHDP initiated four virtual focus groups with higher education students to understand how remote learning has impacted their college experience. Although many questions remain, the first virtual focus was insightful and resulted in a few key takeaways that Tom shares in his blog.

Ensuring Relevancy in Today’s Academic Library

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By Tom Sens It’s early afternoon and Mary, a 35-year-old mother and college student who’s pursuing her master’s, soon will be up against her weekly deadline to submit an assignment. She’s had the typically unpredictable “routine” week that only mothers know about, but she’s not panicked. In fact, she’s quite comfortable in the Family Study […]

Lessons Grocers Can Learn From Department Stores: Lesson One—Merchandising

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By Andrew McQuilkin Everything starts with a store’s product assortment and how the various sizes, shapes, and packaging of products influence the fixtures on which they’re presented. For both department stores and grocery stores, these fixtures have become highly specialized. Grocery: The four basic loose fixture types include cold/frozen cases, produce bins, service cases and […]

ALADN Library Conference – An Architect’s Perspective

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As an architect involved in the planning and designing of academic libraries over the past three decades, I recently attended my first ALADN Library conference at Louisville, KY to hear development experts share their unique stories and strategies about generating interest and raising funds specifically for the library. I found this to be an inspiring […]

Part II: Today’s Academic Libraries Meet the Needs of All Stakeholders

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Academic libraries support the research and educational activities of higher institutions through the sharing of information. However, today’s method of sharing information is constantly evolving. Because of changing technology, academic libraries struggle to meet the needs of their many stakeholders. The challenge they face is finding the balance between housing information while creating spaces conducive […]