a framework for designing student learning environments for the future

Local and international examples of equity

Comfort is an essential component of equity – it is important that no student feels any threat to their mental and physical well-being while on campus.

Affordances need to ensure that all students have access to teaching and learning tools – the set up of the room needs to enable all students to participate.  This may mean that the classroom provides technology as well as enabling the students the use of their own technology.

These Mobile Collaborative Workstations (MOCOW) set up in a classroom at Stanford University allow groups of two or three students to break out during a class and work together on the big screen. The MOCOW’s are on wheels so they can be moved to different parts of the room and they can be accessed by the students own laptop or one of the laptops the university provides with the room.

Open access Wifi at the STATA Center, MIT, enables all students to have access to online activities

The STATA Center at MIT provides child care in the same location as teaching spaces and other facilities like the gym.

Bookable rooms at MIT enable all students a quiet place to study on their own or in groups.

TU Delft provide lockers for students to store their belongings so they are not burdened by heavy bags and coats while they are studying.

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