Sunday, September 9, 2012

Welcome Tines!  Now you are forkers! 

--whatever you were before!

Please compare DL1:  

What do you notice about DL1 as a learning space?  

Which space do you prefer? --and why?

Please compare and contrast DL1 in the Duderstadt Center with 2449 Mason Hall.

Please feel free to add pictures!  --this is a form of attendance!


  1. DL1
    connected, dark, full, cords, learning, frustration, growth.

    Mason Hall
    familiar, plane, uncomfortable, misfit.

  2. DL1 is the winner, it helps to merge the gap between this class as solely and English is more that that, it is an art class too...

  3. Sitting in DL1 (for the first time ever) today made me feel a bit like one of the fish in the little image to the right of the page on this blog. With one of the walls dominated by windows dividing the classroom from a study area (?), I felt curiously visible. I think this physical exposure will eventually be a good thing. It's already helping me to think about the limitless visibility the internet provides, this blog and my words here included. Mason Hall, while ideal for many different classroom situations - due to size, lack of noise, location, etc. - appears too sterile and rigid an environment for the cosmic play of limited fork theory. Moreover, those classrooms are familiar to me in an academic sense. DL1, however, is new to me, as is limited fork theory. All in all, I'd say using DL1 as our classroom is a risk I'm willing to take.

  4. I just registered for this class, so I didn't get a chance to see the other room. But if it's anything like every other room in Mason hall then it's probably another drab room with a tile floor patterned in some wannabe abstract arrangement, a not completely erased chalkboard adorning the beige colored wall staring at the uneven rows of too-small deskchair hybrids, filled with an air of blandness and stagnation. The design lab is uniquely arranged well lit room, where I feel like the energy flows really well between everyone in the class. Rather than feeling like a brainless sponge, waiting to be fed correctness and straight lines, I feel free to expend my efforts in thinking abstractly and without bound. DL1 is the winner for me.

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  6. At first, DL1 felt uncomfortable. It was an unfamiliar space, in a territory not my own. Yet as time went on in that space, I began to realize how new of a concept Limited Fork Theory was, how new of a style of learning this class will have. So, in the same light, I see DL1 as a new space for new learning and new styles. It is a space where I can rid myself of any preconceived notions I may have had--about academia, about an English course, about this course in particular--and embrace limited fork theory with an empty and willing mind. Mason Hall has structure, and one that limits our abilities to consider all possibilities of information in this world offers. DL1 has walls, but the open space and glass wall give our purpose a little more freedom.

  7. I like DL1 except that there are no windows to outside. There are windows to the center area--which appear to be fun to people watch out of--but these are not quite the same thing, no natural light.

    That being said, I do like the globe lamps, and the face that the power cords attach to the ceiling. It's also good that there is more than one door in and out of the class room in case there is a fire or something else worth running from.

    I like the the tables can move around and that the chairs swivel. It's hard to get comfortable in Mason. On the same topic, I can't wait to whip out those cushions under the big screen. all in all, I'm excited to see the potential of this room and the surprises it may contain

    --Buddy Engelhart