Learning Spaces and Environments - Effective Classroom Design

By Peter Mellow | A selection of articles from my Scoop.it curation collection of the same name.

Bad Hospital Design Is Making Us Sicker

As a medical resident working 30-hour shifts, I quickly came to cherish those rare moments when I could duck out of the bustling and brightly lit hospital corridors and lay my head on a pillow.<p>Granted, it was often in a barren call room with a stiff mattress and a rumbling heater. There I’d lie, …

Health Care

The Melbourne School of Design co-branded with the University of Melbourne Logo

Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN)<p>LEaRN is proudly supported by the Melbourne School of Design, the Melbourne Graduate School of …

Education

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

I remember exactly where I was when I had a watershed moment that changed me as a teacher forever. In fact, it inspired my EdSurge column, Why the …

Pedagogy

Bluetooth Beacons Could Improve Student Experience on Higher Ed Campuses

Beacons are typically used for proximity marketing, but they also have a purpose in higher education: <b>improving the student experience</b>.<p>Beacons emit …

Higher Education

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me standing in my …

What workspaces are the best for freelance workers?

<i>The gig economy is offering Australians jobs, but it comes at a cost. These are often temporary positions, where workers are independent and have to</i> …

Indian History

Open offices are damaging our memories

It’s not just loud and sniffly, open offices are actually hurting our brains. Now some businesses are bringing back walls and doors.<p>Four years ago, Chris Nagele did what many other technology executives have done before — he moved his team into an open concept office.<p>His staff had been exclusively …

Your Open Office Plan Really Does Make You Less Productive

If you’ve had trouble concentrating in an open floor-plan office, you’re not alone. Now, at least you’ve got science on your side: A new study …

The Workplace

Seven office designs we will be glad to see the back of

They were once thought of as ”new” ways of working, cutting-edge office designs that were aimed at making spaces more egalitarian, productive and …

There’s a tech battle brewing over whiteboards that cost thousands of dollars

The latest product to be unveiled by tech giant Google was not a new smartphone or wearable device or search feature designed to be used by millions of everyday consumers. Rather, it was a $6,000 whiteboard designed to be used in your office conference room.<p>The release of Jamboard puts the Silicon …

Innovation

IE University's window on the classroom of the future

Step into the newest classroom at Madrid’s IE University and you find that there is no tiered seating, no whiteboard and no PowerPoint …

Students

How Co-Working Spaces Can Create Beautiful Friendships

Collaborative workspaces don't just save money for startups and solve the problem of an isolating home office, they can lead to incredible new …

The 14 most innovative schools in the world

Innovation in education can take lots of forms, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, or partnering with the local community.<p>An innovative school could be modeled after a legendary CEO, like the Steve Jobs School in Amsterdam. Or it can …

Education

"Sleeping in a dumpster more comfortable" than Zaha Hadid-designed hotel room says Moby

Musician Moby has hit out at architects "who think about stuff that can be photographed well, but who never actually plan on spending time in the …

A Benchmark for AV Support Staff

AV Smarts<p>While the structure of AV design, support and installation departments varies by institution, here's a way to quantify your staffing …

The Best New Schools Don't Look Like Schools At All

It's all about using open architecture to nurture young minds.<p>This year, the city of Baltimore opened Henderson-Hopkins, its first school in 30 years.<p>Designed by the architecture firm Rogers Partners, the campus is modeled after the neighborhood beyond its gates. Rust-toned classrooms clad in …

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

As people spend more time indoors, ecotherapy has emerged as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature—and improve mental and physical health. James Hamblin visits San Francisco to learn more.

Dystopia

Back to school: Design lessons from the world's smartest education centers

(CNN)It's easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it's functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.<p>But the way educational buildings are designed -- from classroom layout in elementary …

Architecture

Open-plan learning: tear down the walls

‘There were these wonderful new schools with all these expressions of democracy, but the teachers had no idea what it meant,’ says Dr Deed. ‘From a …

Why you should get up, stand up and even lie down at work

In a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, philosopher Franz Kafka lamented, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment …

Office design should focus on people, not just the work they do

With all the chatter about beautiful office design, it would be easy to assume workplaces have come a long way from the days of the cubicle farm. But …

The backlash against open plan offices: segmented space

Open plan offices may seem like a good idea but research shows they have a negative effect on employees. www.shutterstock.comLooking back on the …

Productivity

Get out of my face! We're more antisocial in a shared office space

If we all work side by side in an open-plan office or “hot desk”, moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration! It turns out that …

The Workplace

IT: Classroom Technology Consulting

Do you need to find out more about current classroom technologies or update a classroom or other learning space? Services are available to help …

Learning Spaces Collaboratory | A link to what we know about planning learning spaces and what we need to know

Curated Language Learning Spaces: Design Principles of Physical 21st Century Language Centers<p>— Felix Kronenberg, Rhodes College<p>In his research, …

Reimagining the Modern Classroom

The seats, space, and stuff that idyllic learning environments are made of<p><i>This is the fifth installment in our series about school in a perfect world. Read previous entries on calendars, content, homework, and teachers.</i><p>We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to …

Education

How to Revamp Your Learning Spaces on the Cheap

21st Century Classroom<p>When funds are scarce, a little experimentation can go a long way in keeping technology-enhanced classrooms up-to-date.<p>Often, …

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Sharing #GeniusHour Projects

Anytime I think that my students have produced something interesting, I want to share it. Whenever I do something interesting in my teaching or …

Education Technology

Where You Sit In The Office Pecking Order

Many of us would have a good idea about where we stand in the office hierarchy. There's usually a pecking order that begins with the CEO barking …

Leadership