Learning Space Design
We are always looking for ways to engage the active minds of students and the instructors who guide them. UND’s Learning Spaces are designed and supported by a collaborative team from Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA), University Information Technology (UIT), Facilities, Registrar’s Office and others. The focus is on designing and supporting diverse learning environments that provide opportunities for students and faculty to explore new technologies and engage with peers. Formal and informal spaces enable active, collaborative learning through attention to flexible design, enhanced tools, and ongoing evaluation.
With UND’s strategic goal to increase student engagement, a variety of classrooms have been upgraded. Classrooms range from large and small active learning rooms, lecture halls with classroom recording capability, hybrid classrooms for distance and on campus students to learn together and flexible spaces with wireless technologies that can be changed to meet the needs of the students. The availability of a variety of learning spaces allows faculty to explore and experiment with new pedagogies.
The Learning Space Design team values and encourages input and comments from faculty, staff, and students regarding the quality of spaces and the support services provided. If you have comments, questions or concerns please contact us at iddl@UND.edu
Guidelines for Learning Spaces
The design of any learning space is a collaborative effort between architects, facilities managers, engineers, IT specialists, university administrators and–perhaps most importantly–students and faculty. Learning Spaces at UND are as diverse as our students, and different kinds of experiences require different kinds of spaces. With that in mind we ask lots of questions and look to others for innovative ideas.
- Do we need a seat for every enrolled student?
- What kind of seats, how about couches?
- Can online and campus students learn together in the same classroom?
- What kinds of spaces can we design to best support creativity and innovation?
- What do active learning spaces look like?
- What are informal learning spaces?
- How can students’ work be shared in the classroom for others to see?
- How can we support faculty who want to use old ways of teaching also (lecture style)?
New spaces continually emerge as we keep exploring, experimenting, collecting feedback, and conducting research. The result is a growing collection of learning spaces that support and facilitate an array of learning experiences; each of which challenges our faculty and our students to teach, learn, and think in new ways.