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Fixing Classroom Feng Shui

by Laura Devaney

eCampus News

Article excerpt

How gamification is driving learning space design

Gamification is moving from simple trend status to a valid pedagogical approach that can deliver powerful learning experiences in higher education classrooms—and this growth has led to changes in how faculty approach physical learning spaces.

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For Classroom Configurations, Form Should Follow Function

While many modern era classrooms are still configured in the same manner that they have been for decades—with the instructor standing in front of students who are organized in rows of desks—some instructors and administrators are considering new ways of arranging the classroom to promote better engagement and accommodate widespread adoption of technology. Are your classroom configurations out of date?

As technology becomes more widely used, and instruction incorporates more blended and personalized learning approaches, conversations in the classroom are no longer between a single teacher and many students. Instead, conversations can take many forms, and accommodate many different sizes of groups. In addition, students also may need space for independent contemplation and study. As American architect Louis Sullivan pointed out in the late 1800’s – form should follow function. These days, with function being so fluid, classroom layouts should be too.