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Thought Leaders 2015 Research Topics


CFaR Research Topics from the 2015 APPA Thought Leaders Summit

Facilities & Technology:  The Transformation of “Campus”  


Since 2006, APPA's Thought Leaders Series has convened dedicated discussions on the future of higher education and the impact of that future on educational facilities. The annual Thought Leaders report provides multiple opportunities and topics for further research, publication, and presentation.

We invite you to review the list below and consider writing an article or monograph for an APPA publication, or becoming a researcher through APPA's Center for Facilities Research (CFaR). To volunteer or to submit a CFaR research application, see the links on the right.
  •   Potential Articles or Publications
    • Institutional benefits of centralized control and scheduling of classroom spaces
    • Design & construction standards for classrooms of the future
    • Smart Building management systems: the tool for better customer service
    • Utilization of social media to engage with campus customers
    • FM leadership traits & skills for the digital environment
  •   Potential Limited Research Topics
    • The impact on Facilities Operations from changing pedagogy and digital learning
    • Design & construction standards for IT systems on the digital campus
    • Leveraging sensors and data analytics to improve facility utilization
    • The changing concepts for campus office space utilization
    • Integrating course management system data to improve classroom utilization
    • Engaging student interns to advance the use of technology in FM
    • Mobile technology solutions to FM challenges: increasing productivity by empowering staff
    • Converting big data to useful information in FM through data analytics
    • Data and system security Issues for FM IT systems
    • Organizational alternatives for IT within the FM organization

  •   Potential Larger Scale Research Topics (Sponsored)
    • Data analytics and FM decision making in the digital age
    • Collaborative master planning between FM and OIT
    • Institutional financial returns resulting from improved space management
    • Smart Building standards for IT, A/V, communications & building management
    • Data analytics to improve skills training for FM employees
    • Opportunities for integration of space data with scheduling optimization
    • Integrating information technology with the physical master plan

Prepared by TLS Chair Jack Colby, APPA Fellow, North Carolina State University

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