The world of work had fundamentally changed and the skills and approaches required in the modern learning spaces require approaches and physical spaces to support their development.
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New data from ongoing Steelcase Education studies shows that classrooms designed for active learning—i.e., where physical space supports a focus on engaging experiences for students and faculty— have a significant effect on student engagement.
Improving educational outcomes is a nearly universal goal, but how to achieve it remains a focus of continuing research and debate.
The success of any student is influenced by many variables. Academic studies have investigated several of them, from socioeconomic background to internal motivation to the influence of different teaching styles. Still often overlooked or underemphasized is the role of classroom design.
The Bottom Line: Intentionally Designing Spaces Provides For More Effective Teaching And Learning
Further reading and Research
The Future of Work is Creative
Planning Ideas for the Classroom Steelcase Education
OECD Physical Spaces in Primary School design
MICROSOFT 2006 Document
Impact of classroom design on learning
How Place Fosters Innovation
A guide with associated case studies and a photo library on new build and refurbishment in the sectors including sustainable approaches and business incubation spaces
KNOWEDGE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN RESOURCES
(list inspired by collections from Vanderbilt University, EDUCAUSE, and other sources).
Library as Classroom. What can public libraries learn from the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 HiEd Edition? Michael Stephens of the SJSU School of Library and Information Science explains how the report can guide libraries in planning and developing their community learning spaces! http://www.nmc.org/clipping/library-as-classroom/
99% INVISIBLE: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO LEARNING SPACE DESIGN,
Flexible Classrooms: Highlights from #Spaces4Learning – This blog post by CFT director Derek Bruff features a few reflections on a learning spaces event hosted at Peabody College in December 2013.
- Commons 2.0: Library Spaces Designed for Collaborative Learning Bryan Sinclair of the University of North Carolina at Asheville discusses ways in which today’s libraries must adapt to the Web 2.0 world and become collaborative and interactive spaces that foster student learning in new and creative ways. This article originally appeared in a 2007 edition of the Educause Review.
- Flexible Space & Built Pedagogy: Emerging IT Embodiments This paper analyzes the convergence of information technology infrastructures and traditional educational spaces and proposes flexible criteria for material-virtual, hybrid learning environments. Torin Monahan developed the concept of built pedagogy to account for the ways that built environments teach values through their constraints upon social action and interaction and suggest ways that the built pedagogies of hybrid spaces can facilitate learning by inviting students and teachers to participate in the continual re-design of learning structures. This paper was published in the Inventiojournal at George Mason University in 2002.
- Leading the Transition from Classrooms to Learning Spaces In this 2005 Educause Quarterly article, author Diana Oblinger discusses the changing notion of the classroom and provides a guideline to administrators who are directly or indirectly involved in the development of learning spaces.
- Learning Spaces In this chapter from the 2005 Educause book Educating the Net Generation, Malcolm Brown explores some of the challenges presented by “net generation” students and the opportunities provided by new instructional technologies and changing ideas about how people learn. The article includes three scenarios for ways in which innovative learning spaces can transform our ideas about teaching and learning.
- Learning Spaces: More than Meets the Eye This brief article discusses the shift of focus from “classroom” to “learning space” brought about by the integration of technology into teaching and learning. It originally appeared in a 2003 edition of Educause Quarterly.
- The Psychology of Learning Environments In this chapter from the 2006 Educause book Learning Spaces,author Ken Graetz uses the fictitious setting of a classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to explore a few of the fundamental ideas of environmental psychology and their relation to teaching and learning.
- Radical Flexibility and Student Success Dr. Homero Lopez, founding president of Estrella Mountain Community College in Arizona, discusses with Educause Vice President, Diana Oberlin, his institution’s approach to designing learning spaces that engage students using a concept he calls “radical flexibility”. This interview was shared in the January/February 2006 edition ofEducause Review.