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The places we learn are more blurred than ever before. Both formal and informal learning environments are changing the face of education.
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Watch how the coronavirus can spread in an office 

Watch how the coronavirus can spread in an office  | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
If you happen to be reading this at your desk — and you can see the eyes of the person sitting across from you — scientists say beware.
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Walls Are Back

Personal space is finally back in style, but re-creating it after two decades of its destruction is hardly a straightforward task.
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The death of the open-plan office? Not quite, but a revolution is in the air

The death of the open-plan office? Not quite, but a revolution is in the air | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Even in the time of COVID-19, strong forces pull us back to the office.
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'Hot desking is dead': why workers can refuse to return to the office

'Hot desking is dead': why workers can refuse to return to the office | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Employers will have to eliminate numerous health hazards to comply with the government's COVIDsafe plan for workplaces.
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Death of the office

Death of the office | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
The coronavirus pandemic has sped up a revolution in home working, leaving offices around the world empty. But what was the point of them anyway?
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Goodbye to the crowded office: how coronavirus will change the way we work together

Goodbye to the crowded office: how coronavirus will change the way we work together | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
The open-plan, shared office may be a thing of the past if physical distancing and stricter hygiene become the new normal.
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Do open plan offices encourage collaboration? Computer says “no”.

Do open plan offices encourage collaboration? Computer says “no”. | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Data showed a 70 per cent reduction in face-to face-interactions when two Fortune 500 companies move from private offices to open plan. Harvard Business School's Ethan Bernstein conducted the research and he explains how he tracked interactions using advanced wearable devices, the phenomena of "the fourth wall" and advises how businesses can actually increase collaboration. Spoiler alert, it doesn't involve office design.
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How women’s life-long experiences of being judged by their appearance affect how they feel in open-plan offices

How women’s life-long experiences of being judged by their appearance affect how they feel in open-plan offices | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it

Some of the latest findings about open-plan offices suggest that staff satisfaction and privacy decrease, people become less friendly and women feel watched and appraised on appearance.


The idea that female and male employees differ in their perceptions of being observed should be acknowledged and incorporated into office design.


How? By ensuring that, within open-plan environments, female workers are afforded opportunities for privacy. This includes allowing them to work with their backs to the wall or to be seated away from busy thoroughfares, and by positioning desks so that women are not forced to walk past numerous colleagues on their way to amenities such as the kitchen or the bathroom.


Or, best of all, allowing people to work remotely (and in total privacy) for at least part of the week.

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It's Official: Open-Plan Offices Are Now the Dumbest Management Fad of All Time

It's Official: Open-Plan Offices Are Now the Dumbest Management Fad of All Time | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
A new study from Harvard reveals that open-plan offices decrease rather than increase face-to-face collaboration.
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How a clever little cube can help you pick the best spot in the office

How a clever little cube can help you pick the best spot in the office | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Deakin University engineer Scott Adams didn't like his desk. But rather than complain he came up with a neat device to pick out a better place to work.
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A lot of the ideas around working spaces apply to learning spaces as well.
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AirPods Are a Survival Tool for Open-Plan Offices

AirPods Are a Survival Tool for Open-Plan Offices | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
In the open-plan office, wireless headphones are the new cubicles.
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The school with no classrooms

The school with no classrooms | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
In Finland schools are increasingly ditching traditional classrooms in favour of open-plan learning.
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"Epidemic" of noise in offices

"Epidemic" of noise in offices | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
A "noise epidemic" is threatening productivity in open plan offices, according to a new global study.

That might be news to the rest of us but not to Blair McKolskey, chief executive of design research company PLN Group who, among other things, produce sound-deadening office furniture employing the new science of nanotechnology and nanofibres.
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Heading back to the office? Here's how to protect yourself and your colleagues from coronavirus

Heading back to the office? Here's how to protect yourself and your colleagues from coronavirus | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
If a return to the office is on the cards, both employers and employees have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19 spread.
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Temperature Checks and Desk Shields: C.D.C. Suggests Big Changes to Offices

Temperature Checks and Desk Shields: C.D.C. Suggests Big Changes to Offices | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
If followed, the guidelines would transform the everyday experience of employees across the country, from executives to clerical workers.
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How offices will change after coronavirus

How offices will change after coronavirus | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Pandemic-proofing offices could involve short-term fixes, new working patterns and long-term design upgrades that put hygiene at the heart of workplace planning.
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Goodbye to open office spaces? How coronavirus is reshaping the workplace.

The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating workers’ worries about returning to jobs in these often debated floor plans.
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A Quiet Respite in a Bustling Open Workplace

A Quiet Respite in a Bustling Open Workplace | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
More than a decade into the era of the open-plan office, a host of ancillary spaces like “phone booths” and “meeting pods” are cropping up, offering employees an escape from their co-workers.
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The Truth About Open Offices

The Truth About Open Offices | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
There are reasons why they don’t produce the desired interactions.
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Ethan Mollick on Twitter: "The evidence is overwhelming: open plan offices are absolutely terrible. For everyone. They make employees stressed, decrease team communication, and lower productivity. ...

A nice linked Twitter discussion around open plan with evidence from different research.
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Office designs are changing — so here are five predictions for the workplaces of the future

Office designs are changing — so here are five predictions for the workplaces of the future | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Office designs are set for a serious shake-up, says design guide author and architecture expert Nicola Gillen. She is already designing workspaces with our future needs in mind.
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How to stay focused, productive and sane in a noisy open-plan office

How to stay focused, productive and sane in a noisy open-plan office | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
While you can't control the design of your office, there are some things you can control, like how you work and how you deal with distraction.
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Open offices can lead to closed minds - Bartleby

Open offices can lead to closed minds - Bartleby | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
Some workplace designs are more about cost-cutting than collaboration

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, Dennis Swender
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Headphones down and listen up – the modern-day workplace isn't working

Headphones down and listen up – the modern-day workplace isn't working | Learning spaces and environments | Scoop.it
What happened was this: 52 employees at the global headquarters of a Fortune 500 company were outfitted with microphones and a "sociometric badge" which recorded their interactions before and after the office transitioned from cubicles to open plan. The employees' email and instant messaging use was also monitored. The results were stark. When there were no cubicles, participants spent 73 per cent less time in face-to-face interactions. Meanwhile, their use of email and instant-messaging apps increased by 67 per cent and 75 per cent respectively. Summing up the results, the researchers wrote: "We may be surprised to find a reduction in face-to-face collaboration at work even as we architect transparent, open spaces intended to increase it."
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