- Technology & Limitless Learning Technology has made a profound impact on how students learn and engage, and is easily the single factor with the widest range of influence in the educational setting. Learning spaces need to be prepared to host ever-changing technology.
- Experiential Environments & Interactive Learning in Classrooms It is more important than ever to keep the physical campus relevant and create environments that are not only inspirational, but support many different modes of teaching and interactive learning. Mobile furniture and adaptable spaces help meet the growing demand for interaction and collaboration.
- Accommodate Solo Studying Studies show that 71% of students prefer to study alone rather than in groups, and that working alone represents almost half the time students spend on campus. Smart use of space can accommodate solo studying.
- An Increasingly Diverse Audience The average age of today’s higher-education student is 29, and the range of ages in higher ed is wider than ever. Providing space that is functional for a variety of ages and educational journeys is increasingly important for attracting and retaining an aging student population.
- Competitive EdgeCampus appearance is a powerful tool for recruiting quality students, faculty and staff. In fact, 62% of high school seniors made their college choices at least partially based on the appearance of campus buildings and grounds.
Variety is the Space of Life
Higher education isn’t limited to between 9 and 5 and involves interactions ranging from casual to formal. Create attractive spaces around campus that can be used at different times of day for varying purposes.
Vary Seating Types and Arrangements
Considering all possible activities, functions and user needs leads to strong design of public spaces on campus. In a library, organize space by activity and sound level.
Keep it Down
Sound masking allows student collaboration and solo studying to happen within close proximity. Studies show 66% of students prefer quiet when studying alone.
The right color can transform drab into dramatic and make space more visually appealing for students.
Mobile seating that can be spontaneously moved increases the functionally of the space.