In preparation for Learning Spaces Week, the HILT Teaching and Learning Consortium and their collaborators across schools and units helped identify exemplar learning spaces at Harvard via an interactive map tool. With the help of the Office of Planning and Project Management and the Center
Students attending classes in the University of Minnesota's Active Learning Classrooms – characterized as student-centered, interactive, flexible, and active – exceeded final grade expectations relative to their ACT scores, suggesting that learning space attributes contributed to their learning
Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, rethought her teaching by rethinking her classroom. She created a flexible classroom, “the SciBox,” to encourage active learning, greater engagement, and student ownership.
The benefits: The entire 2,500 sq ft flexible space is on wheels – from the flat screen TVs to the lab benches to the couches – and can morph quickly to suit a given activity (small group discussions, hands-on labs), creating novel approaches to meet course learning objectives. Read more about Getting the most out of classroom space
Learning Spaces Week at Harvard convened June 8 – 11, 2015 with over 200 Harvard affiliates participating in an event similar to an academic scavenger hunt. Organized by the HILT Teaching and Learning Consortium.