a framework for designing student learning environments for the future

Seven Principles

The SKG project has established seven principles of learning space design which support a constructivist approach to learning: that is, principles which support a learning environment which is student-centred student-centred, collaborative, and experiential. Click on the hyperlink for more on the principles:

  • Comfort: a space which creates a physical and mental sense of ease and well-being
  • Aesthetics: pleasure which includes the recognition of symmetry, harmony, simplicity and fitness for purpose
  • Flow: the state of mind felt by the learner when totally involved in the learning experience
  • Equity: consideration of the needs of cultural and physical differences
  • Blending: a mixture of technological and face-to-face pedagogical resources
  • Affordances: the “action possibilities” the learning environment provides the users, including such things as kitchens, natural light, wifi, private spaces, writing surfaces, sofas, and so on.
  • Repurposing: the potential for multiple usage of a space

Download the SKG Pamphlet on Creating Flexible Learning Spaces  for an outline of the Seven Design Principles.

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