Higher Education Spaces

Designing Learner-Centered Spaces

Barrett and Zang (2009) identify three key design principles that every space including educational facilities should incorporate: 

"Naturalness: Hardwired into our brains, humans have the basic need for light, air, and safety. In this area, the impact of lighting, sound, temperature, and air quality are prevalent."

"Individualization: As individuals, each of our brains is uniquely organized and, we perceive the world in different ways. Because of this, different people respond to environmental stimuli in various ways. Therefore, the opportunity for some level of choice affects success."

"Appropriate Level of Stimulation: The learning space can offer the “silent curriculum” that affects student engagement levels. When designing the space, it’s important for educators not to overstimulate and thus detract students’ ability to focus but to provide enough stimuli to enhance the learning experience."

visit and read the full article at https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/05/designing-learner-centered-spaces.aspx