While it’s counterintuitive to think of today’s college students as anything other than techno-savants thriving in a hyperconnected campus, I would like to pose a softer, gentler perspective on what these students think really matters and what students think really matters and what seems to be getting lost in all the fiber-noise: their individuality.
Case in point: Students today largely are not finding what they need and crave as individuals in the physical design of today’s campus. They’re not finding classrooms that inspire them, environments that support collaboration with their peers and teachers, and quiet places to actually get the work done.
Imagine a campus populated with spaces that create a culture of learning 24/7. Classroom buildings are alive with students all day, all night. Along with making classrooms/class time more collaborative, Campus 3.0 extends that same kind of energy to the surrounding spaces. Gone are the classroom buildings that go dark when the last bell rings for the day. Gone are the empty classrooms inhabited by students who squat here as a last resort and “hack” the kind of study/collaborative space they need.
Traditionally, classroom buildings were designed with double-loaded corridors that efficiently carve classroom after classroom into both sides of a corridor. Those corridors/buildings now need to be opened up. A mix of classrooms, open team-based spaces, and social spaces needs to be interwoven to give students the dynamic learning environments they told us are missing from their campus experience.