We’ve written before about technological advances driving architectural changes, and the academic arena is a prime example of this. As more and more students leave the classroom environment for online learning opportunities, and teaching styles shift from individual to group-oriented methods, academic design must be able to accommodate these changes.

Here are some of the ways we see classroom and broad academic design changing in response to 21st century learning styles.

Smart classrooms. There are several things that will shift as classrooms become smarter. For example, traditional desks might phase out a bit and wall-mounted screens will increase to display the faces of the virtual students in the classroom. Charging docs and outlets will also be required since an overwhelming majority of teachers and students feel tablets enhance the learning process. Perhaps UBeam really will become the wave of the future.

Interactive Learning Classroom

Active learning classroom. Source: www.scup.org

Physical comfort. When you think of the traditional classroom/desk chair, comfort doesn’t often come to mind. Since studies demonstrate comfort matters for effective teaching and learning, we foresee classrooms with more modular-style furniture and comfortable seating options so both comfort and flexibility are available at all times.

U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library 3

U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library

Group learning environments. It used to be an “every person for him/herself” mentality in education. These days, collaboration is the name of the game. This means classrooms and libraries will need to consider designs and layouts that accommodate group activities as well as quiet, individual study areas.

U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library

U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library. Designed by LS&A Architecture and Interiors

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