Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment
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The awareness of the importance of the physical environment where we learn is increasing. Both formal (classroom) and informal (outside the classroom) spaces are being redesigned to facilitate a better learning environment. This collection shares some examples. https://le.unimelb.edu.au
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Learning Spaces | EDUCAUSE.edu

Learning Spaces | EDUCAUSE.edu | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it

PM - This free downloadable PDF book was the catalyst for a change in thinking about learning environments. While not the first, it really gathered some traction within the tertiary environment in 2006. A great, worthwhile read. EVERY teaching space architect should be forced to read this book before designing a classroom or any building at an educational institution.


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What's the blueprint for a 21st-century college campus?

What's the blueprint for a 21st-century college campus? | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
With enrollments declining and technology advancing, colleges are breaking ground on high- and low-tech spaces — from lecture halls to libraries to dorm rooms — that give students and faculty new ways to engage.
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Space Matters: Lessons Learned from an Active-Learning Classroom | EdSurge News

Too many discussions of edtech focus on tools (like tablets, clickers, learning-management systems, smart boards, etc). More thought should be spent on the design of the classroom itself.

Two years ago we renovated an old computer lab into an active learning classroom. The idea was to make the room, Carson 61, into an incubator—to spark similar classroom redesigns all over campus.
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A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices

There is even more research showing open-plan environments can actually have negative impacts on collaboration. Workspaces should provide various options for different work styles and preferences.
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Where Classroom Design Meets Design Thinking | EdSurge News

When educators first consider redesigning learning spaces, they might immediately conjure up mental images of free-flowing Starbucks lounges o
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Using Technology to Enhance Student Space and Student Engagement | EDUCAUSE

Using Technology to Enhance Student Space and Student Engagement | EDUCAUSE | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
A student-led project created a technology-enabled gathering place that increases student engagement with information, programs, and services.
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How to make a basic school design pedagogically interesting? Learning from a case in Ecuador. –

How to make a basic school design pedagogically interesting? Learning from a case in Ecuador. – | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
A guest post by Beatrice Balfour and Alejandra Manena Vilanova telling their story of co-designing a school near Cuenca, Ecuador.
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3 Considerations for Effective Digital Signage in Higher Ed -- Campus Technology

Implementing a digital signage network on campus comes down to collaboration and communication — and working with stakeholders to get the content right.  
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Continuing Education: Active Design

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Continuing Education Brain power is physical. Just as exercise builds a child’s muscles, bones, heart, and lungs, so it builds the brain, fueling cells with oxygen, nourishing connections between neurons, and supporting new neuron growth. Yet only one in three American children is physically active daily; fewer than one in seven walks or bikes to school; and, according to a new study from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, over half are on a track that will lead to obesity by the time . . .
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Traditional Computer Labs Get a Modern Makeover

Traditional Computer Labs Get a Modern Makeover | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
BYOD and virtualization inspire colleges to reimagine the traditional computer lab.
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Talking Spaces 8 conference - February 2018 Melbourne

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Global Perspectives on Innovative Learning Environments: Geography, Society and Practices
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Creating a Flexible, Collaborative Classroom

From day to day — and even hour to hour throughout the day — the collaborative classroom may adopt a unique look and feel. Learn how to creatively use
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7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.
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FLEXspace: From Learning Space Examples, to Planning and Assessment Tools and a Research Community

FLEXspace, the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange, has changed over time, starting out in 2013 as a great place to showcase and exemplify learning spaces, then rapidly growing to include a comprehensive toolset for planning and assessing these spaces, and now connecting a vibrant research community. Here, CT gets an update from FLEXspace.org pioneers Lisa Stephens and Rebecca Frazee.
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Simple Desk Improvements That Make an Open Office Easier to Bear

Simple Desk Improvements That Make an Open Office Easier to Bear | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Sitting in an open floor plan office or having flexible, unassigned seating at work is a challenge to be sure, but these tips can make your work space a bit more bearable.
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The Classroom Of 2028 Will Look Like The Classroom Of 2018

The Classroom Of 2028 Will Look Like The Classroom Of 2018 | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
There’s a focus today in the education world to provide students with a serious return on investment by properly preparing them for the workforce, but consider for a moment the staggering statistic that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Of course, it’s going to be critical to continue to make sure that students are gaining practical, employable skills over the course of their degrees. However, there needs to be an equal focus on preparing these individuals with adaptable and transferable skills. In essence, we need to teach folks how to learn.

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There’s a focus today in the education world to provide students with a serious return on investment by properly preparing them for the workforce, but consider for a moment the staggering statistic that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Of course, it’s going to be critical to continue to make sure that students are gaining practical, employable skills over the course of their degrees. However, there needs to be an equal focus on preparing these individuals with adaptable and transferable skills. In essence, we need to teach folks how to learn.
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Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance.
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Educational Equity and the Classroom: Designing Learning-Ready Spaces for All Students | EDUCAUSE

Educational Equity and the Classroom: Designing Learning-Ready Spaces for All Students | EDUCAUSE | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
To ensure equitable learning experiences, campuses can build scalable learning-ready spaces that support the multiple teaching identities and philosop
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A New Architecture for the University Campus of the Future | EdSurge News

A New Architecture for the University Campus of the Future | EdSurge News | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change i
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Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads

Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Despite a boom in the construction of trendy buildings and classrooms, the evidence for their link to boosting learning outcomes is limited.
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I've said this before, architects should be forced to live in the buildings they design for a year and see how they really work before designing another building. Or alternatively they could read Educause's 'Learning Spaces' edited by their past president Diana G. Oblinger, a wonderful free resource with great evidence based learning designed spaces.
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As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For 'Active' Learning

As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For 'Active' Learning | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Many leaders in industries going through digital transformation experience a certain spine-tickling moment when “futures flip-over” happens. That moment is when you get-it that the previously marginal online offering has become the default and the traditional solution has become the exotic.

It has happened in music, in newspapers, etc., and this is where university campuses and business schools are fast heading as education designers, coders and entrepreneurs close in on online platforms that replicate and in many ways improve on the traditional live experience. All for much less money.

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Many leaders in industries going through digital transformation experience a certain spine-tickling moment when “futures flip-over” happens. That moment is when you get-it that the previously marginal online offering has become the default and the traditional solution has become the exotic. 

It has happened in music, in newspapers, etc., and this is where university campuses and business schools are fast heading as education designers, coders and entrepreneurs close in on online platforms that replicate and in many ways improve on the traditional live experience. All for much less money.
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Spaces and Pedagogies: New Zealand Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference 2017 Proceedings ‹ ePress

Spaces and Pedagogies: New Zealand Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference 2017 Proceedings ‹ ePress | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Spaces and Pedagogies, the 2017 New Zealand Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, was held at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland on 2-3 October. The event explored how the spaces that we teach in, whether real or virtual, cultural, social, commercial or otherwise, could be best designed for our learners. Conference strands delved into the design of learning environments and learning practices, with particular attention on how they reflected our students’ lived experiences, catered for our students’ practices, realities and traditions, and met the needs of employers and other stakeholders. Edited by Lucy Patston and Simon Nash, the proceedings published here sample the myriad of papers presented by 170 delegates, and features a full list of abstracts.
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Looking beyond the sandstone: universities reinvent campuses to bring together town and gown

Looking beyond the sandstone: universities reinvent campuses to bring together town and gown | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
European ideas of the campus as a place apart shaped Australia's "sandstone" universities. Now universities are adopting urban regeneration strategies, bringing the city to the campus and vice versa.
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Arizona State has developed an approach that calls for it and how they teach to reflect the local community. For example, they have worked at having a proportionate reflection of students of colour, students living in poverty, and other demographic considerations in their enrolment numbers.

This idea is a gradual (slow) move towards reflecting the roles of post-secondary schools in a society.
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The Influence of Hospital Education Spaces on the Pedagogical Activities of Medical Students and Educators : LEaRN

The Influence of Hospital Education Spaces on the Pedagogical Activities of Medical Students and Educators : LEaRN | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
The Influence of Hospital Education Spaces on the Pedagogical Activities of Medical Students and Educators page in the LEaRN site.
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At Cornell’s New NYC Campus, a Unique Grad School Gets a Unique Home

At Cornell’s New NYC Campus, a Unique Grad School Gets a Unique Home | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Cornell Tech, an applied-sciences school, blends studio teaching techniques with tech-startup tactics. Its first three splashy buildings aim for a similarly boundary-free approach.
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Next Generation Classroom—Some Random Thoughts

Next Generation Classroom—Some Random Thoughts | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
In the author’s ideal next generation classroom, technology is transparent, and the focus is on people. Technology exists only to support human connec
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