College Planning & Management

MAY 2013

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INTERIORS PHOTO © 2010 KATE JOYCE STUDIOS FOCUS ON FUNCTION Design practices and trends for today's higher education institutions. By LARRY SCHNUCK, AIA T Promote Collaboration and Interaction Educators recognize that people learn in different ways, at different times, and in different places. This knowledge is transforming how higher education environments are being designed, particularly as it relates to supporting students working together in teams. In the classroom, educators are increasingly serving not as "talking heads," but as leaders of an interactive learning experience in which students work together in small groups. Rather than being stationed at the front of the room, the instructor is placed at the center, where he or she can interact with the students. Flexible room configurations and technology allow teaming, with students typically working in groups of up to 10 people. As an example, the Health and Life Sciences Building at 74 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MAY 2013 PHOTOS © 2012 KAHLER SLATER HE DAYS IN WHICH A PROFESSOR STANDS AT THE FRONT OF A HUGE ROOM AND SIMPLY DELIVERS A lecture while students dutifully listen and take notes are disappearing. Today's students and educators demand far more interaction and flexibility. Thoughtful facility design can help colleges and universities meet these expectations. This article explores design trends and shares some best practices for creating academic facilities. By keeping these guidelines in mind, academic institutions can create environments that help them deliver outstanding learning and work experiences. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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