Learn about the University of Minnesota's interprofessional Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC), debuting spring 2020, as well as the collaborative approaches and student feedback loops that were used to gain input and consensus across groups. The University of Minnesota educates and trains 70% of Minnesota’s health professionals in medicine, dentistry, advanced practice nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine, biomedical research, and allied health professions. The HSEC will include the fusion of active learning classrooms for formal learning, library facilities for knowledge creation, simulation areas for experimentation and immersion, and a collaborative approach to student services. Additional features include a cafe, technology-enabled study spaces, kitchens, comfortable social spaces, reservable space for clubs and organizations, and areas focused specifically on well-being.
Peg Sherven works in the Academic Health Center’s Information Systems group, supporting the University of Minnesota’s six health care-related colleges and schools. She has been involved with GIR and Space Planning for the past three years. As the AHC’s Academic Technology Support Coordinator, her focal areas are teaching and learning, IT systems integration, and governance. Peg’s research interests include technology innovation, well-being, and student satisfaction. She has a PhD in higher education from the University of Minnesota, and her MS and BS degrees are in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.