Design of the Learning Space: Learning and Design Principles

July 28, 2005

When asked to define the “spaces for learning” on campus, most in higher education identify the classrooms or laboratories. These “formal” spaces are usually controlled via parameters such as scheduling requirements, set hours of use, set number of seats, and predetermined learning activity patterns such as lectures or discussions. Though classrooms and laboratories come first to mind, auditoriums, performance rooms, computer labs, and studios are other examples of campus spaces that, under these parameters, can be defined as formal learning spaces.

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