Active Learning Spaces

Active learning spaces support collaboration and interaction. Sponsored by Steelcase— a global company that manufactures furniture products—this toolkit will show how to create the most effective adaptable learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.

Designing for Blended Learning

Six key insights to help educators respond to the technology revolution underway in learning

Campus-wide Blended Learning

A dynamic and active approach to education, blended learning also inspires a holistic approach to campus planning.

Large Active Learning Classrooms

Large active learning classrooms are one solution to increase effective learning, but there are many other models to consider

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning pedagogically integrates teacher instruction with web-based, mobile and/or classroom technologies

Active Learning Spaces: insights, applications & solutions

Many educators are embracing a more active and immersive style of instruction to engage students

Built Environments Impact Behaviors

Learn of the research methods embedded in the design of active learning solutions  

Exploring Inner Space

A look at the evolution of the modern classroom and the digital lives of students

Formal Learning Spaces: Classroom

Different subjects and teaching methods require different classroom features

Formal Learning Spaces: Media Lab

Added work surfaces create more collaborative and effective spaces for students  

Informal Learning Spaces: Café

The design of these café services areas support collaborative group work, social interactions and solo studying

Informal Learning Spaces: in-between

Leveraging real estate in common areas give users the means for control, comfort and collaboration

Informal Learning Spaces: Library

See the results of a major study of 13 public and private college and university libraries  

Office Spaces: Admin Offices

Reconfigurable spaces suitable for interaction and information-sharing promote collaboration

Office Spaces: Faculty Office

See how schools can create more versatile, effective and comfortable faculty offices  

The Science of Classroom Design

An infographic created by USC Rossier Online to showcase the power of brain-friendly learning environments

Presentation: Harder Working Schools

An overview of Steelcase research to help you make a case for active learning solutions in your school or district

Technology-Empowered Learning: Six Spatial Insights

Explore the thinking behind learning environments that help schools capture the promise of evolving educational models

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Floor Plan: Classrooms and Blended Learning

These layouts showcase how blended learning classrooms are designed with multiple learning situations in mind

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Floor Plan: Large Active Learning Classrooms and Blended Learning

Today's large classrooms are being reimagined to support technology, multiple modes of learning and healthy movement

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Floor Plan: Makerspaces and Blended Learning

Makerspaces are trending rapidly as part of expanding strategies for student success

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Floor Plan: Student Commons and Blended Learning

A Student Commons helps students develop personally and stay engaged in the experience of learning

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Floor Plan: K-5 Classrooms

An overview with floor plans for active learning K-5 classroom layouts

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Floor Plan: 6-12 Classrooms

An overview with floor plans for active learning 6-12 classroom layouts

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Floor Plan: In-Between Spaces and Blended Learning

More than just transition spaces, lounges, hallways and other ancillary areas can be informal learning spaces for individuals and groups

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Floor Plan: In-Between Spaces

An overview with floor plans for active learning in-between spaces layouts

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Floor Plan: Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is today’s updated version of the library, designed to be a vital learning hub with a range of settings

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Floor Plan: Library

An overview with floor plans for active learning Library and Learning Commons layouts

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Floor Plan: Makerspace

An overview with floor plans for active learning Makerspace layouts

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Floor Plan: Outdoor Learning

Though often overlooked, the outdoors can be an effective environment for learning, putting the mind and body in an alert and receptive mode

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Floor Plan: Student Commons

An overview with floor plans for active learning Student Commons layouts

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Floor Plan: Node Classroom

An overview with floor plans for Node Classroom solutions layouts, which give teachers and students multiple flexible grouping options

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Floor Plan: Verb Classroom

An overview with floor plans for Verb Classroom configurations, which allow clear sight-lines to maximize learning and collaboration

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Floor Plan: K-12 Thoughtstarters

A collection of floor plans showcasing a variety of K-12 solutions layouts;  giving students choice, control and ample space to spread out and collaborate, co-create and discuss

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Floor Plan: K-12 Thoughtstarters

A collection of floor plans showcasing a variety of K-12 solutions layouts;  giving students choice, control and ample space to spread out and collaborate, co-create and discuss

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Floor Plan: VR Educational Experiences

Get a 360-degree view of various active learning floor plans

Getting Learning Spaces Ready for School

Back to school time is quickly arriving and this is a perfect time to ready classroom spaces. Read David Jakes top tips for 'learning ready' spaces in schools. 

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26 Ways to Foster a Transformative Maker Culture

Take a moment to contemplate what it would be like if every school had a Maker Culture as part of the curriculum. Mike Gorman explores the many ways to bring the making culture to your school and to effectively align it with standards. 

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5 Lessons Learned from Rainbow Trout

When the students Todd Burleson works with undertook a rainbow trout project, lessons were learned on so many levels. Read the story, see the photos and enjoy the video too! 

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The Librarian Lists

Read 'The Librarians Lists' as Katie Nelson shares her inaugural post for the Today's Library Media Center. Learn how she organizes a Library Media Center for maximum student learning. 

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Lego - Play Well

In the inaugural post for the Today's Library Media Center series, Todd Burleson explores 'Legos', their uses and student creativity. 

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Empowering to Engage

How can teachers create a learning culture which fosters engaged learning for students? David Jakes explores the implementation of essential conditions such as student empowerment and choice. 

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Engaged Learning: The Student Perspective

Hear about a Baltimore County school's active approach to student engagement from an enthusiastic teacher and two young students who absolutely love learning.

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Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success

This guide for re-imagining learning spaces is designed to help today’s educators make sense of the shifting landscape in modern education.

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Today's Student and Technology Relevance

How do you define technology? Kevin Schwartz explores the true meaning and application of the word technology in schools. 

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I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else!

Mike Gorman shares his reflections on the teaching profession in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. 

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