In “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces,” Kathleen G Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi discuss college campuses and how they are influential on how the school’s students learn. It is what surrounds the students that make for a positive or negative learning environment. In stark reality, this is what the exigence of Scholl and Gulwadi’s article. To explain how the diversification and change that college campuses undergo is to explain its purpose, or the exigence of the piece. As a result, how college campuses have changed to accommodate for cultural shifts over time must be explored. This is mentioned when Scholl and Gulwadi explain the, “diverse, changing and complex US university systems,” (Scholl, Gulwadi 1), that college campuses are undergoing. An example that falls into this explication is technology in the classroom. Technology can be a wonderful solution to many daunting tasks that education requires, such as finding sources for a research paper, or for taking notes. However, no good thing is without its bad, and thus, technology with a changing culture changes people, and such is most definately the effect in the classroom. Browsing Facebook or Twitter during class or shopping online from boredom is no stranger to a classroom for example. This is why change must be focused upon when looking at culture and landscapes of a college or university.
In addition, when discussing the campus and its vitality to college and university life, Scholl and Gulwadi discuss how teaching plays a role with the campus and the natural resources that come with it. To teach on a campus gives a whole and idolized perspective of the school to the student. In other words, it gives pride to a student to be taught on that specific campus, and thus, the campus is the unifying force for all who are involved in it. Scholl and Gulwadi explain this when saying, “the campus open space still remains a significant center for teaching and learning for students in natural resources management.” The campus gives exigence to a student to feel unified as a person, school, and most of all, as a well rounded, eager student. Where a student is has a huge impact on how they perceive the world, whether it is a suburban campus, urban, rural, or even abroad in another country. Surrounds matter, and they are what give a place its purpose. History is made in a specific spot, and it is how people appreciate their surrounds on a college campus that make it so special. In doing so, the college flourishes, and all enjoy themselves while gaining a strong education.
Scholl, Kathleen G., and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi. “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces.” Journal of Learning Spaces, vol. 4, no. 1, July 2015. via.hypothes.is, http://libjournal.uncg.edu/jls/article/view/972.