In companies, schools, public institutions and universities, teachers and students battle with various challenges. Contemporary didactic methods and approaches in education are one thing – but creating and shaping the right learning environment is another.
How a classroom is designed and furnished can significantly improve how educators teach and how students learn.
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences renovated their facility so that learning could happen anywhere, and as a result, students are collaborating and engaging in ways they haven’t seen before. Two PCHS faculty members share how they’ve observed students engaging in the new space.
A dynamic and constantly changing reality requires adaptation and change in educational approaches: the student is no longer to be seen as a passive receptacle for knowledge, but as an active participant in the construction of knowledge.
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.
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.
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.