99 Things You Need to Know Now
transitions among multiple teaching and learning
modes (including lecture, discussion, group work)
and give students and instructors visual and physical
access to each other. Highly flexible furnishings
allow students and instructors to easily reconfigure
the space to best support their activities. Today,
this is especially important given the setbacks so
many students experienced during the pandemic.
This broadened, whole-learner approach goes
beyond academics and recognizes the importance
of motivation, engagement and student wellbeing.
Whether students are in the classroom or learning
remotely, person-to-person connections and the
ability to easily interact with teachers and peers are
essential. A more effective use of technology also
presents tremendous opportunities to enhance
student engagement and learning outcomes.
work beyond their
actively in class
communication, creativity, critical thinking
Over the past few years, Steelcase has
partnered with more than 80 diverse institutions
serving thousands of students at all levels across
North America to understand how teaching and
learning is evolving — and how smarter, more
active environments can help.
Students report notable gains in movement in
the classroom, communication with peers and
teachers, creative activities, critical thinking and
collaborative learning. 79% of students reported
that the experience in the environment designed
for active learning was somewhat or much better
than in a traditional classroom.
Instructors reported that the new space supports
the type of teaching and learning that they want
in their classroom and noticed improved student
behaviors and mindsets. Instructors also favored
the time they spent teaching in an active learning
classroom when comparing the experience to
that in a traditional classroom.
is here to stay.
(90, 120 degrees).
Make sure people and content can be seen
by remote participants. A robust video
collaboration system, such as the Logitech
Rally Bar Mini, allows teachers to move
freely around the room showcasing multiple
types of content and material to students.
and digital and analog content to ensure
Activate vertical wall space with writable or
tackable tools making everything in the room
a learning tool. Some software platforms and
integrated technology systems support the
use of multiple monitors that allow people
and content to be displayed separately,
which creates a more equitable experience
for remote participants.
Enable both remote and co-located participants
to move around the room so remote students
aren’t always “on stage” next to the lesson.
Mobile furniture and mobile virtual displays
support a more flexible environment. If the
classroom is engaged in a group discussion,
pull the virtual display up to the table instead
of situating it at the front of the room. Make sure
both remote and co-located participants have
clean sight lines to people and content. Flexible
furnishings and/or the use of mobile devices can
let you move co-located or remote participants
to give them the best view.
Provide equal access to digital
and analog information and enable
multiple modes of collaboration.
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