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.

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.

Node

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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 Most Admired

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.

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hong kong polytechnic university

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

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Seisho Kaichi School

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

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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.

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Grand Valley State University Library

Library Case Study: Grand Valley State University

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.

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Node

Node: Active Learning – Northview High School

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

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Richland College LearnLab

Steelcase LearnLab™ at Richland College

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.

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University of Florida Case Study

Going Beyond Campus Lecture Halls

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.

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Flipping the Classroom

Clintondale High School

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.

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Node

Node at Universidad Mariano Galvez

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.

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Classroom Case Study: The Newmark School

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.

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Stanford d.school

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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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 and Node

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

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.

Solutions

Node Classroom
Verb Classroom
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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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.