A growing body of research and in-classroom experience show that what’s commonly called the “sit and get” style of learning couldn’t be more wrong. In order to keep the brain active, the evidence shows clearly that we need to move.
Why is there so much passive instruction in classrooms today where instructors are still giving traditional lectures rather than adopting active learning pedagogies?
Like every space on campus, the library now is being rethought and reorganized. See how Grand Valley State University in Michigan and Steelcase applied the principles of active learning to completely reimagine the library experience.
The Stanford 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.
The Newmark School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, 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 use space as a strategic tool to help students reach their full potential.
The University of Michigan takes a fresh approach to their classrooms, implementing a strategy that includes engagement, collaboration and flexibility. A partnership with Steelcase education helped provide a variety of classroom set-ups and solutions to offer students a wide range of classroom experiences each incorporating collaborative tools and technology.
New data from ongoing Steelcase Education studies shows that classrooms designed for active learning—i.e., where physical space supports a focus on engaging experiences for students and faculty— have a significant effect on student engagement.
See how an active learning environment emerges when two classes at Coastline Community College in California experience a new type of classroom for the first time. From multiple modes of learning to engaged and participative students, the Verb classroom collection from Steelcase Education instantly transforms the learning environment by offering flexible and collaborative tools.
The fast-growing maker movement is adding a new twist to concepts about active, hands-on learning.
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.