Higher Education Spaces

Inspiring Space: Oregon State University, Learning Innovation Center

"The Learning Innovation Center (LInC) serves every department on campus with 2,300 seats of formal teaching space, 640 seats of informal learning space, and unique, technologically-rich teaching and learning environments not previously implemented in academia.

Innovative Classroom Layouts

Bora challenged typical large classroom formats in order to achieve active learning at all scales. Following multiple pedagogy charrettes with faculty and students, the design team created a series of innovative new classroom configurations. The arena is a 600-seat classroom-in-the-round that situates all students within 35 feet of the presenter. The small arena accommodates 300 students and reduces the distance to the presenter to 25 feet. The parliament (fashioned after its British namesake) is a curved, double-loaded configuration that seats 175 and encourages discourse and debate amongst students with flexible presentation locations. LInC also includes two learning studios featuring movable furniture and robust screen sharing technology for use across different pedagogies."

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