Last century’s classroom design was focused on rote memorization. The 21st century classroom must nurture collaboration and hands-on-learning.
A whole new generation, Gen Y, is bringing new tools, attitudes and learning styles to campus. The Steelcase Workspace Futures research team completed a six-stage process to develop a deep understanding of the classroom and the needs of students. Based on the findings, there are innovative insights for higher education classrooms.
Design for multiple rhythms Support different zones for each learning mode; engage, explore, explain, evaluate and extend.
Everyone to be seen & heard No matter where a student is seated, they need direct viewing of the instructor, course content and other students. Similarly, instructors need physical access to every student.
Leverage New Media Incorporate technology into Instructor’s curriculum along with student thinking and subject content for an enhanced mixed media experience.