New open-access resource on learning spaces by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Journal of Learning Spaces.

This journal is “a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published biannually, The Journal of Learning Spaces provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment.

We define learning as the process of acquiring knowledge, skill, or understanding as a result of study, experience, or teaching.

Learning spaces are designed to support, facilitate, stimulate, or enhance learning and teaching. Learning spaces encompass formal, informal, and virtual environments:

  • formal: lecture halls, laboratories, traditional classrooms
  • informal: learning commons, multimedia sandbox, residential study areas, huddle rooms
  • virtual: learning management systems, social media websites, online virtual environments


We invite submissions of practical and theoretical works from practitioners and academics across a wide range of subject disciplines and organizational backgrounds, including Architecture, Interior and Product Design, Education, Information and Library Science, Instructional Technology, Sociology, and Student and Residential Life. Submissions should focus primarily on learning spaces and their impact on or relationship to teaching and learning.”

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How to design a next-generation learning space

6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom 

Bridget McCrea

Campus Technology, January 11, 2012

“Just stuffing classrooms with gadgets isn’t going to result in real 21st century learning spaces. Today’s institutions must design classrooms that fully support technology and foster a collaborative learning environment. Here are six ways you can transform your classrooms into next-generation learning spaces.”

Learning spaces and their relationship to teaching and learning

Journal of Learning Spaces

“A peer-reviewed, open-access journal published biannually, The Journal of Learning Spaces provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment.

We define learning as the process of acquiring knowledge, skill, or understanding as a result of study, experience, or teaching.

Learning spaces are designed to support, facilitate, stimulate, or enhance learning and teaching. Learning spaces encompass formal, informal, and virtual environments:

  • formal: lecture halls, laboratories, traditional classrooms
  • informal: learning commons, multimedia sandbox, residential study areas, huddle rooms
  • virtual: learning management systems, social media websites, online virtual environments”

The right space leads to excellence in research and instruction

Science Spaces for Students of the 21st Century

Jeanne L. Narum

Change; Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p8-21

Creative collaborations between campus leaders and arcbitects, laboratory designers, and campus planners are resulting in a generation of spaces
for undergraduate science that contribute both to the long-term excellence of the research and instructional program and to the humanity of the campus. These spaces are enhancing efforts to attract strong students and recruit and keep first-rate faculty. They enable the integration of research and education for all students, the hallmark of strong 21 st-century undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.