Posted in 2015

A Dozen Considerations While Modernising Education Spaces

Contemporary literature is all about flexible and active learning spaces facilitated with modern technologies. The long standing lecture hall with its frontal pedagogy is still going strong, but in dispute. At our university the chalkboard is favourite for scientific classes, hence about seventy percent of our lecture halls and classrooms hold one or more chalkboards.

During conversations that I had with professionals presenting their interactive classes I found out that about eighty percent of their lecture halls and classrooms were still traditionally equipped. Hence, I am not sure if recent literature is biased. Nevertheless, I have deduced twelve considerations that may help the on-going discussion when education spaces are under consideration for new build or refurbishment. Here they are short-listed:
1 – Contemporary literature considers traditional lecture halls inferior
2 – Contemporary literature advises to focus on active learning classes
3 – Education space shapes teacher’s pedagogy and students’ behaviour
4 – Chalkboard Pedagogy is essential to teach reasoning and know-how
5 – Homework as part of learning seems gradually abandoned
6 – Chalk- and whiteboards run out of sync with Open & Online Education
7 – Empirical four-quadrant practice shows promising results
8 – Readability in classrooms should be considered as a whole
9 – Timetabling is to be adapted to affordances next to capacity planning
10 – Engage academic staff, teachers and students with space design
11 – Consider multiple perceptions, but constrain too much flexibility
12 – Digitisation converges the AV and IT design & support domains
You may find additional descriptions and argumentation within this paper.


Transforming Education Spaces to Sustain Pedagogical Change

Divergent legacy systems, mass education and developments such as blended practices and flipped classrooms have confronted Delft University of Technology with a situation that curricula are to be converted into active education practices but in outdated teaching and learning spaces. Our university was urged to start streamlining the current lecture halls and classrooms in order to facilitate education practices of tomorrow while maintaining to support those of today.

The workgroup Transforming Education Spaces is charged with classifying the required education spaces, with designing its appropriate affordances, with composing a Cookbook Education Spaces and with proposing a planning for the coming five years to transform the current situation.

Icons Classificatie

Pictograms that indicate Teaching and Learning Space with its Affordances.

The paper “Transforming Education Spaces to Sustain Pedagogical Change” was presented at the ninth edition of the INTED (International Technology, Education and Development Conference). It describes how the Cookbook Educational Spaces came into existence, which content is addressed and how multiple disciplines of pedagogy, interior design, construction, infrastructure, AV-IT and ergonomics have been working together.


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