Embracing Active Learning

Embracing Active Learning

Xi’an Liangjiatan International School embraces active learning to create an environment where students thrive.

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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.

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Fortune Most Admired
February 27, 2015

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

Fortune Magazine has recognized Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS) as one of its 2015 “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the Home Equipment and Furnishings industry sector. Steelcase stands alongside numerous notable companies this year, including Tupperware Brands, Leggett & Platt and Whirlpool.

hong kong polytechnic university
February 5, 2017

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Innovation Center

The recently opened Innovation Tower, which houses the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a 13-floor case

Seisho Kaichi School
February 5, 2015

Seisho Kaichi Junior and Senior High School, Japan

Seisho Kaichi Junior and Senior High School, a brand new private school in Tottori Prefecture under the aegis of Keimei Gakuen, opened to first grade students in April 2014

June 16, 2015

Class, Can I Have Your Attention?

Every educator wants fully engaged students. But first you have to get and hold their attention in the classroom. Based on the latest research, here are seven insights on how to do that.

Grand Valley State University Library
November 11, 2015

GVSU: Reimagining the Library Experience

Like every space on campus, the library now is being rethought and reorganized. See how Grand Valley State University and Steelcase applied the principles of active learning to completely re-imagine the library experience.

November 11, 2015

Northview HS Adds Node to Classroom

Pre- and post-installation studies at Northview High School confirms node transforms the traditional classroom.

Richland College LearnLab
November 11, 2015

Richland College Adds Steelcase LearnLab™

Richland visited Steelcase to explore possibilities in innovative classroom design. After visiting and seeing LearnLab firsthand, Richland leaders became convinced that this research-based concept for integrating furniture and technology into the classroom space could be an important tool in furthering progressive learning strategies.

University of Florida Case Study
November 11, 2015

University of Florida Focuses on Active Learning

The LearnLab was the first of the two spaces to be created and it helped pave the way for the AHA! space, but it faced an initial challenge: UF’s need — as at all institutions of higher education — to hold down the amount of real estate allocated per student.

Flipping the Classroom
November 5, 2015

Clintondale HS: Rethinking the Classroom

Flipping a school causes teachers to rethink classroom procedures and pedagogies. Since lectures are on video, more class time involves collaborative work between students and teachers, students and peers.

November 11, 2015

Universidad Mariano Galvez: Active Learning

Educators and administrators at UMG understood they needed to make changes to their classrooms and develop a new classroom paradigm where technology and the physical space are integrated to support pedagogy and create a more active and engaging experience for instructors and students.

November 11, 2015

The Newmark School Adds Flexible Space

The Newmark School is focused on providing a positive learning environment for its special needs students. Administrators, teachers and parents are focused on environments that are flexible, comfortable, high-tech, and optimistic for their students. See how they are using space as a strategic tool to help students reach their full potential.

November 11, 2015

Stanford d.school Aids Design Thinking

The d.school’s philosophy holds that space, furniture, tools, and technology are integral to pedagogy. Students are encouraged to display their ideas and work in progress. See how they use their space to promote behaviors critical to design thinking, such as empathy and experimentation.

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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.

Verb and Node


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.



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

Insights + Applications

Insights + Applications Guide

Our Insights and Applications Guide provides the latest thinking on classroom design and learning spaces.

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We rethink “the box” and move away from the traditional setting of rows of fixed tablet chairs and a lectern.

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