Posted by Karen Wong

August 19, 2019

The design of learning spaces is propelled by various factors, as students and teachers are expecting the school curriculum to become more dynamic and flexible. Learning spaces that are successful should create a fulfilling learning experience that can support different teaching methods and learning styles.

Here are three types of learning spaces that affect a student’s success: 

Traditional Classrooms

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Traditional classrooms are able to accommodate a large number of students and are designed as a “forward-facing” learning space where teachers are able to present information quickly and efficiently to students. Although they have been around for decades, the design is outdated and does not support interaction and current curriculums. Students don’t have the opportunity to debate and share their ideas as compared to flexible learning spaces that facilitate group work. 

Informal learning spaces

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Incorporating informal learning spaces are beneficial to both students and teachers. It creates a relaxed environment for communication regarding education discussions and flexibility for movement. According to a study by MDR, students feel more motivated when learning spaces allow for movement. Informal learning spaces help generate a sense of community which can facilitate students to become more engaged and productive. They allow room for collaborative furniture and mobile whiteboards, which can encourage students to become more open-minded and physically active to reinforce interaction.

Outdoor learning spaces

Learning can also take place outdoors. Studies have shown that outdoor learning not only improves student’s academic performance, but it can reduce stress levels. A typical outdoor classroom usually consists of seating and teaching platforms and shelter. Outdoor learning spaces can allow students to exercise and to socialise and learn amongst their peers.

Traditional or modern? Both traditional and modern learning space designs are able to help students learn in various methods. Education planners should focus on what is most suitable for teachers and students according to the subject taught and teaching materials used.

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