Posted by Karen Wong

July 02, 2019

What type of learning spaces can best facilitate learning? There isn’t a one size fits all design that can fulfil every students’ or educators’ needs. As education curriculums are becoming more collaborative and interactive, reaffirmation of learning space design is required to adequately support modern educational practices. The modern learning environment requires innovative spaces that can support digital transformation, promote active learning, enhance communication, and offer flexibility.

Here are a few aspects to consider when designing modern learning spaces:

Room for Movement

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European countries are encouraging flexible learning spaces and a few of them have already enforced it as a part of their national strategy. Educational spaces should offer flexibility to support a range of activities and provide room for equipment such as movable whiteboards and projectors. According to a study conducted by the State University of New York, providing adequate space can enhance physical comfort, allowing students to increase their ability to collaborate.

Creativity

Replacing traditional classrooms with dedicated learning spaces can help students break out of their comfort zone. Many learning spaces are also implementing outdoor areas where students can have access to mini-ecosystems and gardens. Research has proven that incorporating plants in classrooms can help increase visual creativity and thinking.

Support Social Learning

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Going beyond the use of traditional learning facilities can encourage social interaction and active learning. Developing informal hubs inspire individuals to engage and to develop social skills. The use of these communal spaces is particularly contributive to working spontaneously and deliberately in small to medium sized groups.

Human-Centric Focus

Carrying out a human-centric guideline to learning space design can help balance the needs of students and educators, leverage perceptive abilities, and enrich learning experiences. The premise of this approach explores how learning happens in different ways and design possibilities being equally supportive of such variables.

Technology Integration

Education in the digital age has transformed learning experiences in many ways. Accommodating technology into learning can generate a flexible learning environment and bring many benefits. Jisc has found that students who are using various technologies are more inclined to engage deeply in their learning.

It is essential for teaching bodies to take part in the design process of learning spaces to ensure it serves the pedagogical concepts. They should also consider how the design can enhance active learning and modern education curriculum.

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