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

Steelcase Education Leads Real-Time Survey at 2015 SXSWedu

Steelcase Education, the revolutionary leader in learning space design, is a 2015 sponsor of SXSWedu. During the four-day conference, Steelcase Education will survey attendees to find out where participants do their best thinking, what they think are the most intellectually stimulating spaces and the spaces that most effectively fuel student learning.

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WMCAT Makers Space

Making Way for Making in Education

The fast-growing maker movement is adding a new twist to concepts about active, hands-on learning.

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360 Magazine

A New Learning Curve

The active learning classroom has been called “the third teacher” for the impact it can have on students. But what we’ve needed is a reliable post-occupancy evaluation that measures how well a different (i.e., active) classroom design can affect student success. Now the wait is over.

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NEXT Design Competition

Visions of What’s NEXT

Over 600 students submitted design solutions. After initial judging by the students’ faculty members, each school’s top two entries moved on to an evaluation by an independent panel of professional judges.

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Featured Products

Brody WorkLounge

Brody

Introducing the Brody WorkLounge. Designed to be good for your body and good for your brain.

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Thread

Thread

Thread simplifies power distribution, providing power to the devices we use and the places where we work and learn.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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
Photos + Videos
Planning Ideas
Social Media

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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More Education Case Studies

We set out to do far more than simply update the classroom. Our goal is to rethink, reinvent, re-envision learning spaces. Learn how we partner with schools, while leveraging technology, space and pedagogy to deliver active learning spaces in the real world.

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Photos + Videos

Photos + Videos

Photos

Visit our photo library to find inspiration and see how our solutions will work with your project.

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Education Videos

Uncover case studies, product information and informational interviews related to the latest active learning trends and insights.

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Planning Ideas

Planning Ideas

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Collaborative work spaces give student teams a place to work as a smaller community within a large class

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Lounge seating with privacy screens give students in a multipurpose classroom places to getaway and work without distractions.

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Node chairs with worksurface support active students using the tools and personal devices they bring to class

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Multiple postures are supported through a variety of heights and types of furniture. Swivel chairs on casters provide fluid engagement

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Niches within and outside the classroom are designed for collaborative student learning spaces.

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The horse shoe configuration of tables and chairs promotes direct eye contact between students, encouraging participation during discussions and debates.

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Multiple eno interactive whiteboards widens the view planes across a rectangular-shaped classroom, giving students in all locations equal access to

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Multiple postures and places are provided to allow students a choice of learning spaces, promoting wellbeing.

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Small team pods allow students to connect as small communities of learners within the large group

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Tables provide students with the space needed to array and use their choice of devices, tools, and materials during class

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