classrooms and space

Physically inhabiting new and different spaces


Virginie GreeneVirginie Greene, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, transfers the theme of her Freshman Seminar course, The Grail Quest of Marcel Proust, to the classroom by holding every class session in a different location around the Harvard campus or in the Boston area. “Teaching a freshman seminar allows you to do something a little rash and provoke students. A knight going on a quest never stays in the same spot twice.” Whether they are exploring Sanders Hall, the Harvard Art Museum, or the Boston Public Library, classtime is split between exploring the space and discussing the week’s reading.

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Bringing the best parts of a seminar into larger courses


Michelle Sanchez, Into Practice issueWhen enrollment for seminar After Luther: Faith, Will, Law, and the Question of Goodness doubled last year, Michelle Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Theology, was concerned that the depth and quality of the connections—with and among students and the texts they read together—would diminish. In response, she modified some logistical elements including assigning different pairs of students to circulate brief response papers before class and then lead discussion each week.

The benefits: This approach allowed for rotating perspectives and democratized the class by giving students space to be the... Read more about Bringing the best parts of a seminar into larger courses

FLEXspace

The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange – FLEXspace – is a robust, open access repository populated with examples of learning spaces.

The Physical Classroom Reconsidered

HarvardX course GSE2x Leaders of Learning explores the notion via architectural case study that the physical classroom may play as important a role as the content. 

Getting the most out of classroom space

Melissa FranklinMelissa 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

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.