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Decreasing Campus Energy Use With Flexible Classrooms and e-Learning

The Australian National University is preparing an Energy Master Plan. The aim is "... to create an Australian world class energy efficient, low-carbon, least-cost campus ...". One target in the existing ANU Environmental Management Plan 2017-2021 is to "Reduce energy use per person by 20 per cent by 2021". New forms of education can help,...

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

Journal of Polytechnic Education
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...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments 

Sourced through Scoop.it from: e21le.com'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...

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...

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

In an interview with Forbes.com, 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...

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) https://www.a4le.org/A4LE/ The National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA) https://nspma.org/ The Center for Green Schools – http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/ The Association for College and University Housing...

What Teachers Must Consider When Moving to Flexible Seating

"Each student gets a chance to set up the room on a rotating schedule." Sourced through Scoop.it from: ww2.kqed.orgCampfires, 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. ...

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...."Sourced through Scoop.it from: er.educause.edu"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....
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