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Higher Education Spaces

Active-Learning Buildings Showcase New Teaching Philosophies

Source: Ed Tech; The University of Maryland’s Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

Source: Ed Tech; The University of Maryland’s Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

Source: Chris Hayhurst, Ed Tech

The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center on the University of Maryland, College Park is drawing attention from all angles. The building is designed to support “problem based and team-based learning” in order to inspire collaboration and creativity. The flexible seating and rows of tables with whiteboards and projections screens on the surrounding walls help to keep students engaged.

Eric Kunnen, associate director of e-learning and emerging technologies at Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, believes that these kind of buildings encourage education. Spaces with built in technology and avenues for explorations can intrigue students to break boundaries and really learn.

Spaces such as this can add value to the whole campus by becoming a place where professors can have hands on learning experiences and students can thrive in their own way.

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Alisa Verratti