The Room Itself Is Active: How Classroom Design Impacts Student Engagement

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2017-01-01
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Rands, Melissa
Gansemer-Topf, Ann
Gansemer-Topf, Ann
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A responsive case study evaluation approach utilizing interviews and focus groups collected student and faculty perspectives on examined how instructors and students utilized a newly redesigned active learning space at Iowa State University and the relationship of this design with environmental and behavioral factors of student engagement. The findings demonstrate how classroom design affords engagement through low-cost learning tools and a flexible, open, student-centered space afforded a variety of active learning strategies. In addition, this case study highlights the importance of conducting assessment on classroom redesign initiatives to justify and improve future classroom spaces.

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This is an article from Journal of Learning Spaces, 6(1) 2017, 26-33.

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