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The Power of a Productive Space

by Meris Stansbury

eCampus News

Article excerpt

What are innovation spaces, and do you need them?

Designated spaces for “tinkering” at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions may not only spur lifelong learning habits, but also produce social and technological innovations critical to today’s economy, says a new report. Thanks to more broad access to the internet, as well as “breakthroughs” in manufacturing, innovation has been democratized, says a new research report by HermanMiller, in turn creating a “new driver for the economy.”

Our take

Do you have Makers, Hackers and Coworkers in your midst; if so, could they benefit from innovation spaces?

Desks lined up in rows facing the front of a classroom and a teacher who traditionally stood there facing the students is quickly becoming an outmoded and impractical layout for classrooms in the 21st century. The introduction of technology and a movement toward adoption of flipped learning techniques mean that new learning spaces are becoming a necessity. A culture of “learning by doing” requires “innovation spaces” suggests a recent report from HermanMiller. Should you consider the incorporation of innovation spaces in your classrooms?

If you haven’t already, it’s time to reconsider the layout of the traditional classroom. Today’s teaching methods and technologies require more room to move and interact, multiple resources and ample shared spaces. Different types of learning—and different needs of learners—call for different solutions; this report can be a good starting point to gain some insights into what learners need and what other school systems are doing to address these needs.