Journal of Polytechnic Education

Calling all innovative learning spaces – Submit your papers by July 15th!


I would like to draw your attention to the Call for Papers for an upcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education (JIPE), on "Innovative Learning Spaces." To truly support formal and informal learning that it is ubiquitous, educators need to reimagine the ways in which students engage with the curriculum. In this issue, we [...]

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments 


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'Contemporary learning spaces, often termed ‘new generation learning environments’ (NGLEs), have been developed in schools and universities in a number of countries during the past decade (OECD, 2013). However, critical analysis of the learning environments research literature suggests that little rigorous assessment or evaluation of their educative value exists.

The ‘Evaluation of 21st Century Learning Environments’ (E21LE) project will help address this gap through the development and testing of three complementary multi-disciplinary evaluation strategies for learning environments.'

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2018 Live Virtual Learning Spaces Tour Schedule


Upcoming tours Thank you to Julie A. Johnston, Director of Learning Spaces at UITS – Indiana University, and  ELI Learning Space Design Constituent Group leader, for coordinating these fantastic live virtual tours. Don't forget, you can also take a 'virtual field trip' to over 350 learning spaces around the world, anytime, anywhere, by browsing the FLEXspace collection today!  [...]

VITaL: The Future of Immersive Learning at SDSU


In Fall 2017, SDSU’s Instructional Technology Services (ITS) launched the Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) initiative, providing a variety of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and 360º-video immersive tools for use across the SDSU pedagogical spectrum. Today, VITaL serves as an incubator to enable experiences that would be out of reach—if not impossible—in a traditional learning environment, including low-frequency, high-risk scenarios simulating  life-threatening medical conditions, celestial events in outer space, and scientific phenomena occurring at the micro scale. Through a new Learning Research Studio (LRS), located in Adams Humanities (AH-1120), VITaL promotes experimentation with curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning in a flexible learning environment.

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Here is the hot-off-the-press blog post outlining the VITaL initiative at San Diego State University.

As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For ‘Active’ Learning


In an interview with, Andy Cohen, one of two Gensler Co-CEOs, underlines his three bucket-principles: one, make design for learner-centered, learner-led education. Two, create flexibility adaptable spaces. Three, enable “learning everywhere,” at any time.

Boiling this down to places and spaces, Cohen is seeking an architecture that maximizes the benefit of when students are in the same physical space, getting the most out of that now more rarified occurrence. He talks about encouraging people to link and work and project teams to pop-up in “found spaces” that the architects have artfully left there.

In all this, education building design is following the workplace revolution which for at least two decades has seen office spaces that are open and adaptable, to encourage fluid, collaborative interactions. This itself was office buildings mimicking artisan and design company studio formats.

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Bottom line: Design flexible, adaptable spaces to enable learner-led activities, anytime, anywhere.

We’re excited to partner with Shaw Contract and expand our reach!


We're thrilled to partner with Shaw Contract  alongside other organizations that are making a difference to improve learning environments in K12 and higher ed including: The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) The National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA) The Center for Green Schools - The Association for College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) APPA: Leadership [...]

What Teachers Must Consider When Moving to Flexible Seating


"Each student gets a chance to set up the room on a rotating schedule." 

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Campfires, watering holes, and caves -- when it comes to flexible learning environments, there are many considerations and stakeholder perspectives. Include the students themselves - give them a 'voice' in rearranging the space.  And what about organizational considerations like rules/policies regarding desks and seating capacity? What about the custodial staff and their concerns about cleaning, maintenance, and safety? 


What are your considerations, successes, struggles? 

Creating Active Learning Classrooms Is Not Enough: Lessons from Two Case Studies


The University of Iowa and Indiana University each launched active learning classroom initiatives centered on faculty development...."

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"If you have recently visited a new or renovated college classroom, you may have noticed some changes, including technology enhancements, whiteboards mounted across the walls, and moveable tables and chairs. These are just a few features common within and across student-centered flexible learning environments,1 also known as active learning classrooms.2 Currently, more than 200 universities in the United States have these classrooms, and a growing number have formal campus-wide initiatives."

Learning Glass and Science Glass Competition 2018


The new Science Glass competition videos are now live! Check them out. One of the prizes will be awarded as a popularity contest where the video with the most views + likes will win. 
There will be a screening and prize giveaway sometime this semester. Please stay tuned!

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See what cool and educational presentations these students are making with Learning Glass!