Technology-Empowered Learning

Technology-Empowered Learning

To maximize student success, blended learning classrooms must support
group work and peer-to-peer learning. Discover the six spatial insights for these environments, developed by Steelcase researchers.

Active Learning Solutions Can Improve Student Success

Active Learning Solutions Can Improve Student Success

Steelcase Education is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring learning environments..

The New Library

The New Library

Today’s students demand choices, requiring libraries to offer a range of spaces to support the many ways they learn. See how Grand Valley’s new library supports a rhythm of learning.

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Active learning. Active minds. Active spaces.

Steelcase Education is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring active learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.

Using an insight-led approach, we design solutions for the many spaces learning happens, from classrooms and libraries to in-between spaces and cafes. We have a passion for understanding how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help.

News

Fortune Magazine Names Steelcase Inc. one of “World’s Most Admired Companies”

Fortune Magazine has recognized Steelcase as one of its 2015 “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the Home Equipment and Furnishings industry sector.

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Fast Company: Steelcase And Susan Cain Design Offices For Introverts

“Introverts of the workplace are having a moment. The office furniture company Steelcase teamed up with Susan Cain, author of the bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, to create a series of five spaces that address the need for more focus and privacy at work.” -Fast Company

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The Wall Street Journal: For Office Introverts, a Room of One’s Own

“In offices across America, introverts are under siege.

Companies are embracing open layouts – knocking down walls, dismantling cubicles and, in some cases, even asking workers to say farewell to their personal work stations. The goal is to improve communication, foster collaboration and save money by packing more workers into less space.

But one group of employees has suffered (quietly, as is their nature) amid the clacking keyboard keys and the cacophony of voices.” -The Wall Street Journal

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Metropolis: Quest for Quiet

When asked how his company came to partner with a best-selling author on a product that, unusually, bears her name—the Susan Cain Quiet Spaces, …Steelcase CEO Jim Keane tells a story. “I was at a conference of senior executives, and one of them said, ‘When we have something really important to do, we hold an off-site meeting.’ Just think about that,” he says, sounding amazed. “You spend all this money on your workplace, and when a critical decision needs to be made, you go someplace else. Clearly, there’s something wrong.” – Metropolis Magazine

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2014 Sustainability Report

Steelcase shares its 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report outlining the company’s sustainability promises to its stakeholders and spotlights resulting social, environmental and economic performance indicators.

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New Study: The Physical Environment Has a Big Impact On Student Engagement

New study indicates that the physical environment has a big impact on student behavior and engagement in their learning process.

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HBR Webinar: Workspace for a Mobile Workforce

Christine Congdon, our director of research communications, chats with Amy Bernstein, the editor of Harvard Business Review about the workplace.

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Susan Cain Quiet Spaces Featured in The Atlantic

I worked out of what might be the best-designed office space in America. Here’s what it taught me about productivity, concentration, and happiness at work.

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Blended Learning Research Featured in Learning by Design

Steelcase research on blended learning environments is featured in the Spring issue of Learning by Design. The feature highlights the six spatial implications for technology-empowered learning.

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Steelcase Hosts Education Conference in Berlin

Participants heard from university leaders and designers from around the world on topics related to the future of education. Hosted at the Microsoft Center in Berlin, Steelcase will furnish the space with active learning solutions.

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Featured Products

Node

Node

The Node school chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick, easy transitions from one teaching mode to the next. With Node, a classroom can transition from lecture mode to team mode and back again, without interruption.

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Verb

Verb

Verb™ is an integrated collection of classroom furniture including tables, whiteboards, and instructor lectern and desk stations designed to support a full range of teaching and learning styles.

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media:scape

media:scape

media:scape integrates technology and furniture to bring people, space and information together for greater collaboration and productivity than ever before.

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Insights

Active Learning Spaces

Active Learning Spaces

Students prepare for a future no one can predict and jobs that, in many cases, haven’t been invented yet. Educators are responding to these diverse forces with a refreshing openness, adopting active learning and embracing new technology. Yet, both students and educators must operate in learning environments built for age-old ways.

Our Insights and Applications Guide provides the latest thinking on classroom design and learning spaces, including research, design principles and applications.

Designing for Blended Learning Environments

“We’re embedding new skills in students... This room has allowed us to teach to best practices and to explore new frontiers.” - Teacher, Clintondale High School

Designing for Blended Learning Environments

Steelcase Education researchers conducted a design research study at 16 schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States to understand the dynamics and spatial implications of technology-empowered learning.

Six spatial insights emerged for blended learning environments. These include designing for flexibility, the loosening of spatial boundaries, an increased need to support video capture and streaming, and a continued use of analog and digital tools for effective learning.

Clintondale High School used flipped learning to improve student outcomes. They worked with Steelcase as they transformed a classroom into an active learning space with Verb tables, Node chairs, and more.

Classroom Design Affects Student Engagement

New design competition empowers student designers to rethink learning environments

Study proves Classroom Design Affects Student Engagement

New data from ongoing Steelcase Education post-occupancy evaluation studies show that classrooms designed for active learning have a significant effect on student engagement.

Comparisons between old and new classrooms were statistically significant on all 12 factors measured for both instructors and learners. The Steelcase survey tool can now be used to reliably measure the impact of engagement in learning environments.

The University of Florida developed two active learning spaces designed to foster communication, collaboration and problem solving. Their solutions were a media:scape LearnLab and the AHA! colab.

Services

Professional Development
E&I Cooperative Services
Financial Services
Recycling + Reuse

Professional Development

Professional Development

Integrating technology, space and pedagogical innovations into meaningful lessons is critical for student success. Add new dimension to instruction through inquiry, coaching and guided exploration.

These services help educators ensure best practices are immediately integrated into instructional planning, delivery and student interactions.

Our Services Include

  • Online tools
  • Onsite engagements
  • Virtual coaching and team teaching
  • Space planning
  • Webinars
  • Regional events

For more information, contact us at ProfessionalLearning@steelcase.com.

E&I Cooperative Services

E&I Cooperative Services

E&I is the member‐owned, not‐for‐profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to higher education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement platforms and consulting services to help them source effectively.

By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 3,000 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies.

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Financial Services

Financial Services

Smart Financing

Create an active learning environment with great products from Steelcase Education while taking advantage of the Smart Financing program benefits from Steelcase Financial Services.

Steelcase Financial Services offers exceptional financing rates as low as 0% for 2 years and other special lease rates. Minimum order is $5,000.

Financing can help you:

  • Eliminate budget constraints
  • Achieve low per-student pricing
  • Provide end-of-lease flexibility

For more information, contact us at financing@steelcase.com.

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Recycling + Reuse

Recycling + Reuse

Finding a New Purpose

Taking care of our environment is key to Steelcase. Part of that is being smart with how furniture is handled once it is no longer wanted or needed. Steelcase can help.

Our Phase 2 Program consultants can evaluate furniture inventory and offer options for reuse — all with a zero landfill goal. The intent is for these used products to be placed back into service for reuse or recycled into new usable products. There are many options to choose from with social, environmental and economic benefits, and may help earn credit toward LEED certification.

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Solutions

Node Classroom
Verb Classroom
Classroom Technology
media:scape LearnLab

Node Classroom

Node Classroom

Supporting the Many Modes of Learning

Educators are often faced with a tough choice: promote active learning or fit as many students as possible into a classroom without much flexibility. Until now.

The Node chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick transitions between room configurations. With Node, a classroom can flex from lecture mode to groups, and back again, without interruption. Node can take passive space and make it active, supporting active and team-based learning, even when student density is important.

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Verb Classroom

Verb Classroom

Transform Any Classroom Into an Active Learning Space

Students and instructors need spaces that support the ways they learn. Classrooms should enhance sightlines and interaction and support seamless transitions, collaboration and information persistence.

Verb is an integrated collection of instructor stations, student tables, personal whiteboards, display and work tools.

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Classroom Technology

Classroom Technology

Technology Must Support Active Learning in the Classroom

ēno allows instructors and students to capture and distribute lesson notes, create collaborative lessons for multiple users and project important content for discussions.

ēno adapts to any classroom, instructor and student, with multiple configurations to fit any learning space.

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media:scape LearnLab

media:scape LearnLab

Share. Learn. Collaborate.

media:scape LearnLab removes the barriers to sharing information and democratizes how people access and share information. The LearnLab allows students to contribute ideas quickly and seamlessly, while the unique design removes the front of the room, allowing the instructor to teach from any location in the classroom. The triangulation of content supports multiple teaching and learning styles without disruption.

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Resources + Support

Case Sudies
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Case Sudies

Case Sudies

Grand Valley’s Mary Idema Pew Library

Steelcase researchers studied libraries at colleges and universities across the U.S., including GVSU, and found major shifts in how the library is being used and opportunities to better leverage pedagogy, technology and space.

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Verb at Coastline Community College

See what happens when two classes at Coastline Community College experience a Verb classroom. From multiple modes of learning to engaged students, Verb transforms the learning environment by offering flexibility and collaborative tools for the first time.

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eno at Upper Darby School

Upper Darby School District serves one of the most densely populated and urbanized townships in Pennsylvania. Over the past two decades, the district’s growth has made it the largest school system in Delaware County.

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