Space Activates Learning: Point/Counterpoint

Wednesday, February 20 | 11:45AM–12:30PM PT
Session Type: Breakout Session
How much is learning being shaped by the configuration of the learning environment itself? We'll explore this topic, with research that focuses on how shifts in classroom design are making big improvements in learning outcomes. The conversation will take the form of a healthy debate about the role of architecture (e.g., how furniture is arranged, the number of markerboards, etc.) as an unsung hero in making low-cost gains in learning outcomes compared to more daunting investments in technology. Conclusions will look across many different institutions for practical low-cost takeaways to activate classrooms.

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