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

Canoeing Illustrates a Need for Harmony

How do school leaders navigate well in today's environment in the face of many competing demands? Read Leslie Wilson's insights on how colleagues can discover solutions and map out success through power, integrity, creativity and innovation. 

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Disruption and Stability

The right technology supports goals of all kinds. Look at the analysis of Disruption vs. Stability from the perspectives of learners. 

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The Value of Messaging in Educational Change

Sharing the good news and benefits of educational initiatives with parents and the school community is important. Readily available communication avenues today include the uses of web, social media and online presentations. See insights including a list of supporting resources from Donna Teuber. 

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Leading Today Revisited

Leadership plays an essential role in educational digital transformation. Read Leslie Wilson's insights on 6 areas for this necessary and critical leadership focus. 

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The Importance of Words in Educational Change

Where does learning happen? Read David Jakes insights about the importance of the words we use when it comes to redesigning learning. 

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Are You Locking-Down Your Devices or Locking-Out Your Students?

Taking a close look at our policies means making sure that we are not locking out learning. Read Bob Moore's advice for creating an environment that provides more freedom for learning to teachers and students. 

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Accelerating Learning

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend the Future Ready Summit in Raleigh, NC hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the US Dept. of Education Office of Technology, and the Friday Institute team.

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Stop the Insanity!

New technology choices for classrooms are abundant and easily get our attention. Read Bob Moore's insights about the need to be more thoughtful and deliberate with our review, selection and adoption of technology.

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Artifacts and Absolutes

How can we best foster and support change in schools? Read Kevin Schwartz's insights and discussion of Artifacts and Absolutes. 

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Peel Back the Onion: Organize for Success

What are the essential ingredients for moving a school forward to successful and comprehensive change? Read Leslie Wilson's insights to find out more. 

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