Posted by: crudbasher | June 10, 2010

7 Tips for Building Collaborative Learning Spaces — Campus Technology

I really think that learning is more effective when it is collaborative.  If that is the case then stories like this will be more important.  I like how steps 1 and 2 are talk to faculty and staff.

That’s just crazy talk! 🙂

  • Article about how to create a collaborative space

    tags: education, technology, collaborative, nell

    • If your school is seeking to incorporate more collaborative approaches to teaching and learning, the design of the learning environment—whether it’s a classroom or a more informal space—can be a critical factor in making this transformative move.
    • administrators at these institutions say there are key principles associated with outfitting collaborative learning spaces that apply whether you are retrofitting or starting from scratch.
    • Involve Faculty in the Design Process
    • Gauge Student Input
    • Invest in Flexible Furniture
    • Create Technological Redundancy
    • Assess Acoustical Issues
    • Don’t Forget Low-tech
    • Train, Train, Train
    • In addition to classrooms designed for collaborative learning, the best campuses have engineered study areas and other nooks and crannies designed to engender spontaneous teamwork.
    • McGreevy notes that in addition to training educators on the technology itself, his college plans to provide professors with support on how to maximize the collaborative advantages of the new space from a pedagogical and instructional point of view.
    • “We’re still ironing out specifics of our plan, but we know that it doesn’t make sense to have this new technology and train our teachers how to use it if we’re not going to help them figure out how to change their lesson plans accordingly,” McGreevy says. “The tools aren’t just going to make a poor instructor into a good instructor and vice versa; it’s how folks choose to use them.”

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  1. Great article. I’m with you, any time we can add collaboration to the learning environment, makes it a richer place for students to be. My students were quick to come up with ideas that would make the classroom a more collaborative place to work. Most of them said they would do away with desks and instead work from beanbag chairs that could be moved around. They also redesigned our library to be a more collaborative space. Google and Pixar are great models of collaborative learning environments.

    • Speaking of Google, I love their 20% policy. Each of their employees can use 20% of their time each day to work on whatever they want. How cool would it be to do this in schools? I think the students would jump on it!

  2. Great learning environments should be flexible. Flexible for collaborating, and for hiding out to do work privates. I’ve heard of movable walls, rearrangeable rooms, and multi-user hubs on desks.

    I think the point you highlighted about polling students and faculty for their opinion is really important. My College is working on outfitting a new building- some people have a lot of input, others feel really left out.

    • Yep flexibility allows for different learning styles. It would be interesting to do a survey of flexible classrooms and see what people have come up with.

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