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In 2014, a partnership began between Huckabee, Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 and Baylor University’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), creating the Learning Experience Collaborative. The LEx Collaborative, located at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), conducts research at the intersection of professional development and the built environment to determine impact on student engagement and the learning experience.
AREAS OF FOCUS
The LEx Collaborative is comprised of three primary focus areas: Learning Experience Laboratories (LEx Labs), Learning Experience Impact (LEx Impact) and Learning Experience Research (LEx Research).
LEx Labs is the core research facility, providing incubation space within the BRIC that is designed as a platform for conversations around the built environment and the learning experience. The space provides controlled opportunities to test new concepts, educational tools, cutting-edge technology and flexible learning spaces.
LEx Impact facilitates meaningful conversations between stakeholders. The LEx Impact team utilizes a thoughtful change management process invoking inspiration around the redesign of learning experiences and deepening educator and student understanding. A primary focus is innovative professional learning.
LEx Research works with school systems (onsite and at LEx Labs) to collect data, evaluate the effectiveness of learning space and give insight into professional development needs for new and evolving learning environments. The research team has undertaken multiple projects focused on flexible learning environments.
RESEARCH + NEWS
Research paper available: Transforming teacher pedagogy to maximize 21st century skills
Research paper available: Investigating the impact of flexible furniture in the elementary classroom
Research paper available: Initial development and validation of the Elementary Student Engagement Survey
The Findings are Promising: Pilot I and II research summary
Research in Action: A personal story of triumph!
LEx Research Expands Flexible Learning Study: A new article from the Waco Tribune-Herald