How to create effective learning environments

I just saw read about the new EDUCAUSE ebook, Learning Space , over on the EDUCAUSE Connect blog. 

Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators. Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration.

I know we don't have the money to configure and equip the instruction room right now. I'm hoping to get some ideas out of this book that we can use when we can find the funding.