Transforming Learning Spaces

Event Date & Time

  • May 5, 2017
    9:30 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

Transforming Learning Spaces to Promote a Culture of Innovation in Teaching and Learning

In 2016, UBC opened a new academic facility called Orchard Commons that combines living, learning, and working spaces and offers an opportunity to rethink learning space design based on a more holistic view of the student experience. With a mandate to create spaces that facilitate innovation in teaching and learning, we engaged in an iterative design process that was driven by how spaces can enrich student engagement. This resulted in a variety of student centric, technology enabled learning spaces designed to promote active learning. At this
session, we will share our design approaches, give virtual tours of some of these classrooms, and discuss the themes that emerged from this process. The importance of flexibility, collaborative peer learning and group work, and open spaces that encouraged active engagement emerged as key drivers to this classroom design initiative. In a group exercise, participants will also explore and share ideas about how they might change their teaching in an active learning classroom .

Facilitators: Joanne Fox and Jodi Scott



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