Modern Learning Environments are replacing the traditional classroom.
What does the future classroom look like?
Who’s learning and how?
Know your future students and their demographics
Educators will have to address that future students are already proficient and dependent on technology and have tremendous media consumption and heightened technical expectations.
Classroom design will need to accommodate more interactive devices, more collaborative and online projects, more visual forms of learning and more emphasis on problem solving versus memorisation.
Hence, modern learning environments!
Who’s teaching and with what tools?
Acknowledging the teacher and supporting pedagogy
The biggest flip in pedagogy involves the shifting of teachers’ roles from that of instructors to becoming spontaneous facilitators with an emphasis on interaction and discussion in the classroom.
It is important to involve the teacher in designing and developing learning spaces; to meet student needs and support their style of pedagogy.
Gaps in technology adoption by teachers will prevent future students from leveraging technology in ways that could greatly enhance and engage students and improve learning outcomes.
Teachers will have more input into modern learning environments.
What’s being taught and why?
Recognising subject matter and disciplines
The ideal classroom design will also vary greatly depending on the subject being taught, as different disciplines require different space needs.
The Core subjects studied such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Arts, require the room to facilitate problem solving, enable project demonstration while providing multiple work surfaces to inspire dynamic exchanges (like floor to ceiling white boards).
When we seek to design optimised learning spaces, we must consider and understand the future direction of the subject matter and the shape of the discipline to be delivered.
Modern learning environments need to be flexible.
Thinking about it?
Your school is constantly competing with other schools and is looking for ways to engage and attract new students. Taking the step to implement new modern learning environments into your classroom and library will return a good outcome for your investment.
Maybe you are not too sure where and how to start or what configuration will fit in your available space.
Simply download and print our Design Template Kit and Cutouts; then let students and teachers cut and paste them onto the “Blank Classroom” template to discover what classroom design will work best for different classes in your school.
Play around with different designs and hang it up in your classroom to inspire fellow teachers or and send your photos to the sebel team firstname.lastname@example.org or post them via Twitter @SebelFurniture
Besides, Sebel’s highly trained consultants are able to work with you on these design principles.
THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
AMY KIEFER – KI VICE PRESIDENT, EDUCATION MARKETS
The Learning Environments Sweet Spot