a framework for designing student learning environments for the future

Physical learning space

Campus-based universities traditionally use physical learning spaces to optimize learning to prepare students for their future careers and professions. These formal physical learning spaces should be adaptable and flexible. They must be readily reconfigurable as  opposed to being single -purpose lecture theatres, corridors, set-size classooms etc. Informal physical learning spaces need to allow students to adapt, change and modify their learning environments to mirror their need for both independent and peer-based interactions. One learning space may need to enhance quiet, independent, self-reflective study for the individual student while the same space on another day may need to allow group-based and peer learning for one or more students. In addition the spaces need to allow both quiet time for self-study and talk for peer discussion.

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