Point/Counterpoint: What Activates Learning? Space vs. Technology

Wednesday, February 20 | 11:45AM–12:30PM PT | Avila, Fourth Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
How much is learning being shaped by the room or the technology? Panelists will debate, with supporting evidence, to pinpoint where to best improve outcomes and prepare students to engage in the future. The session will compare the role of architecture (e.g. arrangement of furniture, markerboards, etc.) vs technology; which is the unsung hero in modern learning environments? Conclusions will examine the shift in learning across many different institutions, providing attendees a clear and practical take-home understanding of how to apply emerging developments to their own spaces and what fundamental concepts are useful in distinguishing between emerging trends and fads.

Outcomes: Understand the underlying drivers behind trends in classroom furnishings and technology * Appreciate a broader context that differentiates trends from fads or an over-investment * Gain practical but bleeding-edge ideas (and supporting arguments) to innovate learning spaces


  • Rick Jones

    Director, Jones Architecture
  • Jeanne Narum

    Founding Director, Project Kaleidoscope
  • Parke Rhoads

    Principal, Vantage Technology Consulting Group

Resources & Downloads

  • Point Counterpoint What activates Learning

    Updated on 11/26/2019