Insight for schools: Trends in university learning space design, big shift from lectures to collaborative learning

Environment leading the learning or the other way round?
Learning space is now more complex than one room, one teacher, one blackboard and 30 desks in rows with the naughty kids up the front!!
Modern school design requires creative thinking led by the learners.

anne knock

For many school-based educators, one of the justifications for maintaining a traditional teacher and content focused culture is the need to prepare students for university. But what if universities are changing.

MUSE  Macquarie University MUSE at Macquarie University

There are many examples of tertiary institutions that understand the need for change. Information, lectures and resources can be accessed online, so why would they need to come into university. The MUSE at Macquarie University (pictured) is the transformation of the former library of the 1960s into learning commons and now more students are on campus, they have a place to go.

It has been interesting to read the chapter: The Further and Higher Education Campus in Design for the changing education landscape (2014) by Andrew Harrison and Les Hutton. There is significant insight for the school education sector from what is happening at the tertiary level.

The examples in this chapter are in a process of…

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