Posted in June 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.


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