Replacing ye olde classroom

Future of the Learning Space: Breaking Out of the Box

Phillip D. Long and Stephen C. Ehrmann.

EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 4 (July/August 2005): 42–58.

“For many people, the public image of higher education is the classroom: faculty talking, with students intently listening and taking notes. Students’ progress toward a degree is measured by time spent in classrooms. The daily pulse of a college or university is largely dictated by the classroom schedule as bells ring and the halls fill with students and faculty rushing to the next class. Many educators, however, increasingly argue that such classrooms are largely ineffective as learning environments and that they should not continue to be built.1 But what should take their place? In considering the future of the learning space, we will discuss (1) a few of the reasons why traditional classrooms are inadequate and need to change, (2) some ideas that break with these traditions, and (3) suggested areas for the planning team to keep in mind so that the team can come up with ideas for future learning spaces that are pioneering rather than imitative.”

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