Our latest case study shows an active learning lab at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. This is a great example of how a learning environment can be configured to support and encourage student focused learning.
Below are some of the elements you need to include when designing an active learning lab:
- Think about the group sizes you want students to form. It is generally understood that working in groups of 4-6 is the most effective for collaboration. There are many different collaborative desks available to suit different group sizes.
- Bear in mind the individual technology needs for the student. Will they need a laptop or a PC? Are you providing the technology or expecting them to bring their own device? How will you ensure that access to charging is provided?
- Map out the collaboration paths that you want to encourage within the learning environment and ensure these are possible with technology. Ideally students will be able to work in a small group, but also contribute their content to the wider group as well.
- Active learning means that students participate more and take responsibility for their own learning, however you will still need to consider the facilitator, teacher or lecturer in the room. Do they need a lectern to teach from? Or more of a mobile podium to encourage movement and interaction within the space?
At zioxi we design active learning spaces for a number of customers, within education and commercial environments. Why not let us show you how your learning space could be transformed with our free space planning service.